A ski boat alight on Somerset Lake on Saturday morning.
A ski boat alight on Somerset Lake on Saturday morning. Stewart Ross Photography

Kids hurt in holiday boat blaze

A FUN family day out on the water turned into a nightmare on the weekend when two children suffered serious burns in a boating accident on Somerset Dam.

Three adults were also aboard the ski boat when it burst into flames about 8am on Saturday.

The adults and two children aged two and nine were taken to the Kilcoy Hospital following the explosion.

A 30-year-old male suffered significant burns to his legs and face and was later taken by chopper to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

He was expected to be discharged yesterday.

The children also suffered significant burns and were transferred to the Royal Children's Hospital.

They are in a stable condition.

The boat was towed ashore and will be examined by Sunshine Coast Water Police.

The dam is a popular venue for skiers and campers.

Gold Coast holidaymaker Priscilla Glasgow said she had been shocked to hear about the accident.

The mother of four said it was a sad start to the long weekend for the family.

“I think it is terrible,” Ms Glasgow said.

“Those poor children.

“Obviously they were hoping to spend time together as a family and this has put an end to that for them.”

Brisbane resident Danny Moore was likewise horrified to hear about the accident.

“It can happen so quickly,” he said.

“It just shows you have to be really cautious when you are out on the water.”


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