UPDATE 3.52pm: BYSTANDERS came to the aid of a 51-year-old man burnt after his boat burst into flames.
Castlemaine Sergeant Peter Lukaitis said the man had been working on a speedboat on its trailer at the caravan park.
The boat caught fire when the ignition was switched on.
A bystander reported hearing a ‘really loud bang’ and seeing smoke.
Sergeant Lukaitis said people at the caravan park assisted by putting out the flames.
The bystanders used hose reels and small fire extinguishers in the firefight.
The injured man is believed to have run to the lake during the firefight and been taken to a shower once the boat was no longer alight.
A fire truck arrived at the scene within 15 minutes of the incident.
The bystander said the fire had been extinguished, by that time.
Paramedics and two police units were also at the scene.
Police reported burns to the man’s arms, chest, neck and face.
EARLIER: A MAN has been airlifted to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne following an incident at Welshmans Reef.
Emergency services were called to the Welshmans Reef caravan park just before 5.30pm, where a man in his 50s had suffered burns to his face, neck and arm.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said the man was in a serious but stable condition when airlifted.
Four CFA tankers responded to the incident, which was reported to them as a boat fire.
More to come.
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