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The dangers of boat fires - Jonse's story

28 March 2014

Jonse Palmer’s confidence is returning a year after he was injured in a fire on his boat.

The fire started when Jonse turned the ignition key on, generating a spark which ignited fuel vapours, reports Boating Safety eNews.

He received second and third degree burns to 20 per cent of his body and required skin grafts on his leg and foot.

Jonse spent three weeks in The Alfred Hospital burns unit and needed six weeks of ‘hospital in the home’ care.

Jonse told us “it was a terrifying experience and one I never thought would happen to me”.

“I now know that boat fires are more common than I thought and they happen very quickly. I am more cautious and give the boat and engine a full check before I head out – I would definitely advise other boaters to do the same.

“After the accident, I was very hesitant about starting and driving a boat. I feel a bit better now but am still wary. It is scary how fast fuel goes up.”

We hope all boaters can learn from Jonse’s experience and prevent the same from happening to them.

For more information on fuel and fire prevention go to the ‘Safety on the water’ section of the South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook (page 38).


Jonses story - fire boat