Man injured as gas explosion blows roof off boat
A man has been injured in a gas explosion on a boat in Co Fermanagh.
Searches are being carried out in the water at Johnston Shore, Lisbellaw, for any other casualties, but it has been confirmed that the injured man was the only person on the boat.
The explosion blew the roof off the boat and into the water. The boat is now submerged.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), the RNLI, the coastguard helicopter, the PSNI and the ambulance service were all involved in the emergency operation.
NIFRS said it received a call at 10.46am on Wednesday to reports of a gas explosion on a boat at Johnston Shore, Inishmore Road.
"The gas explosion inside a privately owned pleasure craft boat blew the roof off the boat and into the water.
"One man who was on the boat at the time managed to escape and went to hospital himself to be treated for his injuries," a spokesman said.
"A further search of the water was carried out for any other casualties. However, it has been confirmed that no-one else was on the boat at the time of the gas explosion. The boat is now submerged in the water."
After the incident NIFRS warned boat owners to ensure that any gas appliances are installed and maintained by a qualified engineer and that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted.