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Man injured as gas explosion sinks boat in Fermanagh


The fire service attended the scene

The fire service attended the scene

The fire service attended the scene

The Fire Service dealt with an explosion on a boat in Fermanagh which sank the vessel and left a man injured.

Firefighters were called out just before 11an on Wednesday to reports of a gas explosion on a boat at Johnston Shore, Inishmore Road, Lisbellaw.

“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," said a Fire Service spokesman.

“This was a multi-agency incident involving two fire appliances from Enniskillen Station, RNLI, Coastguard Helicopter, PSNI and NIAS.  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.

“NIFRS would like to take this opportunity to remind boat owners of the need to ensure that any gas appliances on boats are installed and maintained by a qualified engineer and that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted on boats.”

Belfast Telegraph