Tuesday, December 26, 2006
7 people, including four children, have been taken to hospital after a petrol explosion aboard a boat near Noosa, on south-east Queensland's Sunshine Coast. A spokeswoman for Queensland Ambulance Service said the incident happened aboard a pleasure cruiser in Noosa Sound around 3.30pm (AEST). A two-year-old boy suffered severe burns and has been airlifted to Brisbane along with a woman, who suffered severe airway burns, the spokeswoman said. Both were in a serious condition. Three more children were taken to Noosa Hospital with minor burns and were reported in a stable condition, and two more adults were taken to Nambour Hospital and were also stable. Water police were still at the scene and the boat was still afloat but further details of the accident were not yet available.