The boat fire at Peter Faust Dam. Picture: Whitsundays Progress Group
The boat fire at Peter Faust Dam. Picture: Whitsundays Progress Group Contributed

BOAT INFERNO: Mum, son thank 'amazing' bystanders

UPDATE 3PM: A YOUNG boy injured in today's shocking Proserpine boat inferno will remain in hospital overnight.

A 33-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son suffered burns to their leg and wrist during a boat fire at Peter Faust Dam this morning.

It is understood a family of four was on the vessel when the fire broke out, but the other two family members were not injured.

The woman has been discharged from Proserpine Hospital, where her son remains in a stable condition.

A hospital spokeswoman said the 33 year old wanted to thank the bystanders who first came to their aid before paramedics arrived, describing them as "absolutely amazing".  

UPDATE 11AM: Four people made a lucky escape from a boat inferno in Proserpine this morning.  

Ambulance, police and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service rushed to the scene about 8.50am.  

A woman and seven-year-old boy suffered burns to their leg and wrist, while two other people were not injured.

Photos posted on Facebook by Whitsundays Progress Group show the boating accident at Peter Faust Dam could have ended in a terrible tragedy.

The images show black smoke billowing from the boat, which is engulfed in flames.  

The boat fire at Peter Faust Dam. Picture: Whitsundays Progress Group
The boat fire at Peter Faust Dam. Picture: Whitsundays Progress Group Contributed

EARLIER 10AM: A WOMAN and child have suffered burns during a boat fire in Proserpine this morning.

Paramedics were called to Peter Faust Dam off Crystalbrook Rd about 8.50am following reports of a fire.

Four people were assessed at the scene.

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A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said paramedics treated a 33-year-old woman at the scene for a leg burn and a seven-year-old boy for a burn to his wrist. 

The two other people involved were not injured.

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The woman and child are expected to be taken to Proserpine Hospital for further treatment.


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