A 57-year-old woman has managed to quite literally walk away from an explosion in a Sydney marina.
Authorities were called to Newport Anchorage Marina just before 8pm last night, responding to calls of a boat explosion, with the blast big enough to start sinking the vessel.
Three NSW Ambulance crews, police, water police and two fire trucks attended along with the hazardous materials unit, with concerns for a potential fuel spill following the blast.
The woman is believed to have been by herself on the boat and lying down at the time of the incident.
She managed to walk off the boat on her own but suffered hearing loss due to the explosion and was treated by paramedics for lower leg wounds believed to be from shrapnel, which is said to have spread over 35 metres.
“The patient was assisted by a bystander to the marina after the horrific explosion,” Inspector Darren Hoschke, NSW Ambulance said.
“Vision was poor around the marina so paramedics did a terrific job treating the patient in the ambulance.”
“The explosion caused enough damage to start to sink the boat, it was relieving to see the patient walk away from the scene.”
The 57-year-old was transported to Royal North Shore Hospital and is in a stable condition.