Explosion on Fraser Island sees men sustain burns

FOUR incidents on Fraser Island in less than 28 hours called for the services of RACQ CareFlight as of yesterday afternoon.

One incident involved an explosion that burned three men at a Fraser Island campsite on Sunday was caused by fumes from a jerrycan igniting.

It's believed a man was using a jerrycan when a flame from a nearby gas fridge ignited the fumes and caused flash burns to his arms and legs.

Two other men ran to his aid to douse the flames.

Those men also received burns while helping their mate.

Just before 10am RACQ CareFlight was tasked to the campsite at Orchid Beach on the northern end of Fraser Island.
There were two helicopters - one from Bundaberg and the other from the Sunshine Coast.

Medical teams found two of the three patients had about 12% burns to their bodies; mainly to their arms and legs.
The third patient received minor burns to his left hand.

The trio, all from Brisbane, were holidaying on the island.

The two patients who had received the more severe burns were airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a stable condition.

The other patient was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital also in a stable condition.

Gympie Times


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