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Hong Kong rescue services

Five rescued after jumping from burning boat in Hong Kong

Three men and two boys rescued by nearby vessel off Ap Lei Chau

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 September, 2018, 2:36pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 September, 2018, 8:57pm

Five people, including two boys, cheated serious injury in Hong Kong after they jumped for their lives from a burning speed boat on Sunday afternoon.

The vessel was going out of Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter when fire erupted from its engine at about 1.18pm.

A minor explosion was reported. The boat was rapidly engulfed in flames, with thick black smoke billowing into the air.

The three men and two boys on board had to jump into the sea. They were soon rescued by a nearby boat that rushed to help them.

Vessels from the Fire Services Department as well as firefighters on shore put the fire out in about an hour. The boat ended up partially submerged in water and was reduced to a wreck.

One of the boys suffered minor bruises on his head. He was treated on site. The other four uninjured. None required hospital treatment.

A man on board the boat described what transpired.

“As soon as I accelerated, the engine exploded,” he said, identifying himself as a Belgian national who lived in mainland China. The man explained their plan was to go boating and wakeboarding.

When asked if they were scared, he replied that there had been “no time”.