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Five people rushed to hospital after a boat exploded on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney

Five people are rushed to hospital with serious burns after a boat exploded north of Sydney

  • A boat exploded at the Hawkesbury River Marina, Brooklyn, about 5pm Sunday
  • Five people have reportedly been rushed to hospital with serious burns 
  • It is unclear whether they were on the boat – which was engulfed in flames

Five people have been rushed to hospital after a boat exploded north of Sydney.

Emergency services were called to the Hawkesbury River Marina, at Brooklyn, just after 5pm on Sunday to reports of an explosion. 

Four women and one man are believed to have suffered serious burns to at least 27 per cent of their bodies.

Five people have been rushed to hospital with serious burns after a boat exploded at the Hawkesbury River Marina, at Brooklyn (pictured), just after 5pm on Sunday

It is unclear if people were on the boat at the time. 

Firefighters arrived to find the vessel alight with smoke billowing metres into the air, but have since brought the flames under control. 

Rural Fire Service volunteers treated the patients for ‘significant burns’ until paramedics arrived.   

‘We’ve got some HAZMAT crews en route aswell because there will be a fuel spill associated with the boat,’ Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Luke Unsworth told NewsCorp.

‘This is quite a significant event having five people with significant burn is a significant event.’

The boat is now reportedly starting to sink. 

More to come.  

Firefighters arrived to find the vessel (pictuerd) alight with smoke billowing metres into the air

Firefighters arrived to find the vessel (pictuerd) alight with smoke billowing metres into the air

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