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Man flown to Brisbane after boat explosion on Noosa River

UPDATE 7.40PM:

A 26-YEAR-old man has been flown to Queensland Children's Hospital after suffering burns in an explosion while refuelling a commercial fishing boat.

The explosion happened on Noosa River, just off Gympie Tce, Noosaville, about 5pm.

The man is understood to have suffered burns to up to 18 per cent of his body, with burns to his face, arms and legs.

Paramedics treated him at the scene, then rushed him to Noosa Hospital in a serious condition.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to take him from Noosa Hospital to the Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane, for further treatment. He was flown in a serious condition.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said fuel vapours had ignited, causing the explosion, but it was unclear how the vapours had been sparked.

UPDATE 6.55PM:

A RESCUE helicopter has been tasked to Noosa Hospital to retrieve a 26-year-old man suffering facial, arm and leg burns after an explosion while refuelling a commercial fishing boat.

The accident happened on the Noosa River, off Gympie Tce, Noosaville, about 5pm.

The man suffered burns to his nose, face, arms and legs, and a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the rescue chopper had been tasked to fly him to either Sunshine Coast University Hospital or a hospital in Brisbane.

The man is in a serious condition.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said fuel vapours had ignited during the refuelling, and created a "small explosion".

He said it was unclear how the vapours had ignited, but the scene had been left with police and the ship's engineer.

UPDATE 6PM:

A man has been taken to Noosa Hospital in a serious condition, after being burnt in an explosion while refuelling a commercial fishing boat this afternoon.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the fuel had ignited during a refuel attempt, and the man had suffered burns to his upper body.

Queensland Ambulance Media accounts have advised the blaze was first reported about 5pm, and paramedics had treated a man on the scene for burns to his arms and legs, before rushing him to Noosa Hospital in a serious condition.

Firefighters were using thermal imaging equipment to determine the ignition source of the fire.

EARLIER:

A MAN has suffered upper body burns after an explosion while refuelling a commercial fishing boat this afternoon.

Two fire crews rushed to the scene, at a jetty on the Noosa River, off Gympie Tce, Noosaville, after the fuel ignited during a refuel attempt about 5.20pm.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said one man had suffered burns to the upper part of his body, but it was unknown how severe his injuries were at this stage.

He said the fire had been extinguished quickly by crews, who were now using thermal imaging equipment to try and find the source of ignition.

The explosion was understood to have happened near a number of boat hire and charter businesses on the jetty.

Workers at nearby businesses said they could see fire crews in action, but there were no flames or explosions visible.