Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Cowes boat fire and explosion: Boy badly injured

Cowes Yacht Haven Image copyright Island Echo
Image caption Police said there was an explosion and subsequent fire on the motor cruiser

A teenage boy is in a serious condition in hospital following an explosion and fire on a boat on the Isle of Wight.

Fire crews said the 16-year-old was found seriously injured on the motor cruiser at Cowes Yacht Haven, shortly after 00:30 GMT.

He was airlifted from the island to hospital in Swansea in the early hours to receive specialist burns treatment.

It is understood the 10m (32ft) boat was being stored out of the water in the boatyard.

Image copyright Island Echo
Image caption Fire crews were called to the fire shortly after 00:30

Cowes Yacht Haven remains cordoned off while police and fire service investigations continue at the scene.

Hampshire Constabulary said the cause of the fire was currently being treated as "unexplained".

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