Explosion rocks lake

Camperdown SES help take the burning boat to shore.

Camperdown SES help take the burning boat to shore.

TWO men sustained burns to their bodies after their speedboat exploded on Lake Bullen Merri Monday afternoon.

Senior Constable Stephanie Rogers said the men, who were both from the Carpendeit area, had just launched the boat and were attempting to start it when it backfired and exploded.

“One man was thrown from the boat into the lake and the other jumped into the water,” she said.

“They remained in the water until an ambulance arrived and were able to walk up the boat ramp to seek treatment.”

Snr Const Rogers said the boat was about 20 metres from the boat ramp when the explosion occurred at about 4.15pm.

The boat was fully engulfed by flames and drifted about 200 metres to the centre of the lake.

A plume of black smoke could be seen from several kilometres away.

The mangled wreck was investigated on Tuesday.

The mangled wreck was investigated on Tuesday.

Camperdown SES members launched a rescue boat to retrieve the burning vessel and towed it back to shore where Camperdown and Cobden CFA members extinguished the blaze.

The two men, one aged in his late teens, the other in his early 20s were treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Geelong Hospital from Camperdown’s Leura Oval.

Snr Const Rogers said burns were visible on both men.

“Burns have a high risk of infection, so the decision was made to transport them to Geelong for specialist care,” she said.

The incident drew a number of onlookers, which lined the lake’s South Beach foreshore to watch the drama unfold.

The Marine Investigation Unit travelled to Camperdown to investigate the incident on Tuesday.

Snr Const Rogers asked for a woman who was walking her dogs around the lake at the time, as well as anyone else who witnessed the incident to contact Camperdown Police on 5593 1000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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