Friday 24 November 2017

15 firefighters injured after yacht explodes in Germany

The destroyed yacht Gina lies in the harbour in Minden, Germany (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
The destroyed yacht Gina lies in the harbour in Minden, Germany (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)

A yacht has exploded in a port in the western German town of Minden, injuring 15 firefighters and a police officer.

The German news agency dpa reported on Wednesday that the firefighters were on the yacht to extinguish a smouldering fire when the boat exploded.

It was not immediately clear if the injured police officer was on board too.

Fire department spokesman Heino Nordmeyer told dpa that "three people who were severely injured have had surgery and are in stable condition".

The explosion late on Tuesday was so severe that the yacht flew up several metres into the air and was destroyed.

Two other boats nearby and a car on the port's pier were also badly damaged.

The reason for the explosion was not immediately clear.

AP

Press Association

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