Man burned in boat explosion after checking for gas leak with naked flame

Posted By Staff

Date: December 28th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

burnedCoastguard received an alert to its operations centre about a gas explosion aboard a boat near Ocean Beach, Motuihe Island, yesterday at 3pm.

The man, in his 60s, was seriously injured with burns to his face and hands after trying to trace a gas leak with a naked flame.

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter (AWRH) intensive care paramedic Chris Deacon said the man was okay despite the explosion and was nursing mostly superficial wounds.

“He smelt gas and confirmed that there was gas by lighting a match. Which is a very tried and true method of finding gas. Unfortunately, it is not a very good method.”

“He jumped straight into the water. He cooled the burns immediately, which is the right thing to do. He lost quite a bit of hair, he lost his eyebrows and eyelashes.”

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