Man seriously burnt in boat explosion on the Gold Coast

UPDATE at 1:35 PM | A MAN badly burnt in a horror ‘flash fire’ on the Gold Coast is being rushed to a hospital in Brisbane for specialist treatment.

The man suffered significant burns to his face, arms and legs following a reported explosion on board a boat at the Runaway Bay Marina in Hollywell just before 1pm on Wednesday.

It’s understood the boat, believed to be a Seafarer Mustang fishing vessel, was in a shed when it exploded.


Queensland Ambulance Service Acting Operations Supervisor Jay Nevins said a man believed to be aged in his 30s suffered significant burns to approximately 30 per cent of his body.

Incredibly, the man was conscious and alert when emergency services arrived.

He was treated by a team of paramedics at the scene before being rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital under emergency lights and sirens.

A High Acuity Response paramedic accompanied the man in the back of the ambulance.

Earlier, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson told myGC they were treating the incident as a “flashover” type of explosion.

It’s understood flames rapidly ripped through the vessel after a flammable substance ignited before reducing to a small fire.

FIRST at 1:20 PM | A man has suffered significant burns after a boat exploded at the Runaway Bay marina in Hollywell.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 1.00pm, after reports of the explosion.

On arrival, the fire had already been put out.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said it was a ‘flashover’ incident, meaning that something flammable – potentially fuel – had exploded, before reducing to a small fire.

Paramedics treated a man in his 30s briefly at the scene, before rushing him to hospital.

He’s suffered serious burns to his legs, arm and face, though is reportedly alert and conscious.

Water police are now on scene investigating.

– Additional reporting by Jaydan Duck