Eight People Injured in Hawkesbury River Boat Explosion in Australia

An overnight boat explosion in the Hawkesbury River in Sydney, Australia has injured eight people, including four in critical condition.

Eight people suffered burns and smoke inhalation after a 28-foot vessel burst into flames at a marina off Dangar Road at Brooklyn after 5 p.m. local time.

According to local reports, it is understood that the boat had been refueling at the time.

New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance confirmed that four people were in critical condition and were taken to Royal North Shore hospital.

According to local reports, it is believed the four had burns on over 60 percent of their bodies.

Meanwhile, two were in serious condition and were brought to Westmead Hospital.

“NSW Ambulance along with other emergency services established a triage area to assess all of our patients,” NWD Ambulance Inspector David Morris said in a statement.

“NSW Police provided assistance in escorting these patients to various hospitals with medical teams awaiting their arrival,” Morris further stated.

Paramedics treated a further two injured people at the scene.

Local media also reported that according to witnesses, a number of young children got off the boat just moments before it erupted in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, but the boat was destroyed and sunk in shallow waters.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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