Three children have been injured after a boat they were on exploded in Lake Eildon, north-east of Melbourne, earlier today. The incident occurred about 1.30pm at the popular tourist spot, near Bonnie Doon, with an unknown number of adults also on board at the time.
A 13 year-old girl and a three year-old boy were taken to Mansfield Hospital with minor injuries and a boy, believed to be seven-years-old, was airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital with serious burns to his face, foot and ankle.
Police are not treating the explosion as suspicious and believe at this stage it was caused by a leak or mechanical fault.
The day's extreme heat may have played a role in the incident, they said.
It comes just two days after a 24-year-old man suffered serious burns to 30 per cent of his body during a houseboat fire on Lake Eildon.
The flash fire occurred after some spilled petrol alighted on January 2, injuring the man's arms, hands and face.
He was placed in a coma and air-lifted to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition. The fire had already been extinguished by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.
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