Highlands & Islands

Man injured in Caledonian Canal boat explosion

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A man has been injured after an explosion on a boat on the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said a gas canister had exploded on board the 10m-long vessel, which was moored at Laggan Locks near Fort Augustus.

Firefighters from Fort William and Fort Augustus were sent to the scene after being alerted shortly after 13:00 on Tuesday.

The man was flown to Raigmore Hospital. His condition is not known.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "The incident was confined to a boat measuring approximately 10m by 4m.

"No firefighting action was required. However, crews provided emergency first aid to a man who had suffered from injuries as a result of the explosion involving a gas canister on board the vessel."

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