- A 59-year-old man with burns has been taken to hospital in a serious condition
- The boat exploded on Saturday afternoon in Belmont, New South Wales
- Thick black smoke rose into sky and emergency services responded to incident
A 59-year-old man has been taken to hospital after suffering serious burns to his face and hands when his boat exploded.
The moored vessel caught fire in Belmont, New South Wales at about 1.10pm on Saturday, police said.
Fire and emergency services were called to the scene, outside Lake Macquarie Yacht Club on Ada Street.
A man has been taken to hospital after a boat exploded and caught fire (pictured) in Belmont, New South Wales
The man is in a serious condition after suffering from serious burns to his face and hands
Video footage shows bright orange flames flickering from the boat – a heavy contrast to the peaceful backdrop.
Thick black smoke can be seen rising into the air.
The man was treated by paramedics at the scene before travelling to John Hunter Hospital in the ambulance.
The man is in a serious condition.
In precautionary action the yacht club was evacuated by emergency authorities.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined as police begin their investigation.
A nearby yacht club was evacuated in precaution as police determine the cause of the fire