UPDATE: A mother and son have been flown to Melbourne with severe burns after their family boat exploded on the Murray River at Echuca-Moama this afternoon.
Murray River Police District Inspector Paul Huggett said the 43-year-old woman suffered 13 per cent burns to her legs and her three-year-old son received 28 per cent burns to his legs and face.
The mother was airlifted to The Alfred and the boy to the Royal Children’s Hospital with severe but non-life threatening injuries. They remain in a serious but stable condition.
The 50-year-old father and 19-year-old man suffered minor burns and remain in Echuca hospital.
A 12-year-old boy escaped injury.
Insp. Huggett said the family had left the Echuca east boat ramp on their speed boat about 2.45pm when the boat encountered engine problems.
”They pulled up on the riverbank near Goldsborough Rd and when they went to start it again the boat exploded,” he said.
The boat was completely destroyed and the circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.
Witnesses are providing statements to police and the boat was retrieved by NSW Maritime.
EARLIER: About four people are believed to have been burnt in a boat fire on the Murray River at Moama this afternoon.
They were taken to Echuca hospital with what is believed to be minor injuries.
As well as Ambulance Victoria, Moama and Womboota RFS, FRNSW, Moama Police and NSW Maritime attended.
The fire was put out by the owner but the boat is completely destroyed.