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Severe Burns After Boat Explosion - Brooklyn

Time of incident: 04 Apr 2021 - 5:09 pm

Just after 5 pm this evening, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) received the first of many Triple Zero (000) calls to reports of a boat explosion near Danger Island on the Hawkesbury River.

Firefighters from Berowra Fire Station arrived to find a boat that was well alight and up to five people with severe burns being treated by bystanders. 

The victims are being transported by road under police escort to Royal North Shore Hospital. 

Due to the severe nature of the injuries, FRNSW firefighters have been tasked to drive the ambulances to allow the paramedics to treat the victims while in transport.

The boat was severely damaged during the explosion and has now sunk in shallow water. It has a slow fuel leak which FRNSW's hazardous materials experts will contain.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Published: 05 Apr 2021 03:42pm

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Stations nearby

BEROWRA Fire Station

9 Berowra Waters Road, Berowra NSW 2081

UMINA Fire Station

55-59 Trafalgar Ave, Umina NSW 2256

AVALON Fire Station

689 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon NSW 2107