Boy injured in boat explosion

Last updated 12:21 24/02/2013

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A seven-year-old Wellington boy and his father were moderately injured after an explosion on a boat in Waikawa Marina this morning.

The pair were flown to Wellington Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter after the explosion, around 9am this morning.

Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Wayne Wytenburg said the boat had been fuelled up moments before the explosion.

"There was quite a large fire ball which caused two people to be seriously injured."

They are still looking into what caused the fire ball, he said. 

He believes it may have been caused by faulty a fuel ventilation system on the boat, which trapped vapours on the boat and sparked the explosion when the engine was started.

The child had a serious laceration to his foot, caused by flying debris from the fire ball, and the man had a suspected dislocated or broken ankle and was in a lot of pain, he said.

Although the fire brigade responded to a fire callout, there was no fire when the crew arrived and no one was burned.

No one else on the boat or the marina was injured and the marina was safe to use, he said.

The boat was towed back to the launching ramp and is back in the Ports Marlborough compound.

Ports Marlborough, St John ambulance and Picton police also attended the incident.

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- The Marlborough Express

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