Cornwall

Explosion on dredger off Cornish coast injures two

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Image caption The vessel had three people on board at the time of the explosion

Two people have been injured in an explosion on board a dredging vessel.

The UK Coastguard received reports of the explosion about two miles south of Dodman Point, Cornwall, just before 13:00 BST.

It is thought a compressed air cylinder exploded, injuring two of the three people on board.

The Newquay Coastguard helicopter and the Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat attended and helped evacuate the injured to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

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A Royal Navy ship and a fishery protection vessel have also been on the scene assisting.

Image caption The explosion happened south of Dodman Point, Cornwall

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