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Seven people injured in Taplow boat explosion

Bray Lock Image copyright Colin Smith
Image caption The explosion happened at Bray Lock in Taplow

Seven people, including two children, have been injured in a boat explosion in Buckinghamshire.

It happened at Bray Lock, Amerden Lane, Taplow, close to the Berkshire border, at about 12:40 BST, police said.

Two men and a woman, in their 40s, a woman in her 30s, a teenage girl and a three-year-old boy have been taken to hospital with non life-threatening injures.

Another man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The boat is thought to be privately owned and there were a number of adults and children on board at the time of the explosion, Thames Valley Police said.

Those on board the stricken vessel were assisted by people on a nearby rented boat, Andy Long, from Datchet-based Kris Cruisers told the BBC.

"A family had hired our vessel the Sandringham Lady for a party, and they heard the explosion and saw the smoke.

"They went over and helped the injured people off their boat and on to ours.

"That boat effectively became an ambulance boat and they tended to the injured until the emergency services arrived," he said.

Thames Valley Police said officers remain at the scene and an investigation is under way to establish the circumstances of the explosion.

There are currently no road closures in place, but residents have been urged to avoid the area while emergency services continue to work at the scene.

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