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6 people injured in Thames boat explosion


British media reports say at least six people have been wounded in an explosion on a boat on the river Thames.

The Sunday afternoon blast at Bray Lock in Taplow on the Buckinghamshire-Berkshire border injured two men and a couple of women as well as a teenage girl and a little boy.

Thames Valley police are investigating the cause of the explosion.

“A man and a woman aged in their 40s and a teenage girl who were on the boat have been taken to St George’s hospital in London for treatment,” the Guardian quoted a police spokesman as saying.

“Another man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and a three-year-old boy, who were also thought to have been on the boat, have been taken to the John Radcliffe hospital for treatment,” he added.

“Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Another man received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.”

The boat is thought to be privately owned.

Locals were urged on Sunday to avoid the area while emergency services were working at the scene.

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