Eight people have been treated for “significant burns” after a horror boat explosion in New South Wales on Easter Sunday. The boat exploded at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney just after 5pm. Firefighters arrived quickly at the Dangar Road scene and discovered a small boat “totally involved“ in flames.
Two people are fighting for life and in a critical condition
Another four are severe, while two escaped with minor injuries, an NSW Ambulance spokesman said.
The boat has now sunk.
They were treated by Rural Fire Service volunteers while paramedics were en route. The injured were being taken to Royal North Shore, Westmead, and Gosford hospitals, police said at 6.30pm. The RFS was assisted by Fire and Rescue NSW crews in extinguishing the boat fire. However, it was utterly destroyed.
We’ve got some hazmat crews en route as well because there will be a fuel spill associated with the boat,” Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Luke Unsworth told NCA NewsWire just after 6pm. This is quite a significant event; having (this number of) people with significant burns is an important event. Emergency crews had rushed to the scene after the houseboat exploded, and initial reports indicated multiple people had been injured.
NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, and NSW Rural Fire Service crews were all involved in the response at Dangar Island, a quirky island village near Brooklyn in Hawkesbury, north of Sydney. It took firefighters almost an hour to put out the blaze, and crews remained at the scene at 7pm to help contain any chemicals.