Four people critical after boat explosion on Hawkesbury River

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·1-min read

Eight people have been injured after a boat explosion in Sydney’s north.

Twelve crews were called to the Hawkesbury River at Brooklyn on Sunday about 4pm after the boat exploded.

Fire and Rescue NSW said firefighters were tasked with driving ambulances to allow paramedics to treat patients in transit because of the seriousness of their injuries.

A boat on fire after an explosion on the Hawkesbury River.
Eight people were treated for burns after this boat exploded on the Hawkesbury River. Source: Fire & Rescue NSW via 7News

NSW Ambulance Inspector David Morris said a triage area had to be established.

“Once the area was established, patients were reassessed by NSW Ambulance medical teams,” he said.

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

Four people were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition, while two others were taken to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.

Fire and Rescue NSW at the scene of a boat fire on the Hawkesbury River.
Twelve crews were needed on scene. Source: 7News

Two more people didn’t require hospitalisation and were treated at the scene.

The vessel had sunk in shallow water with a slow fuel leak, with hazardous materials experts called in to contain it.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

with AAP

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