GUARDIA CIVIL officers are continuing to investigate the cause of a blast that occurred on a boat in the port of Santa Pola. There were eight people on board at the time.
The explosion that took place late on Sunday afternoon around 5.0pm, resulted in five people being injured – two seriously. These included four adults between the ages of 29 and 47 and a three-year old boy that are all members of the Santa Pola Yacht Club and come from Elche. All five were transferred to the Alicante General Hospital where the oldest and youngest of the victims were in a more serious condition; it’s understood the 47-year-old woman has burns to 60% of her body while the boy has a badly burned arm.
Initial investigations suggest that the blast was caused due to a build up of gas which was ignited with serious consequences when the boat was started up. Witnesses reported that there was only a loud explosion that wasn’t followed by any smoke or fire and that the injuries were caused by the blast itself.
At around the same time about 100kms along the coast, there was another explosion on a boat moored in the Alicante port of Javea. A man and a woman suffered first and second degree burns in that blast.