A Geelong man has been praised for his ingenious method of putting out a dangerous boat fire after he used his jet ski to throw spray over the blaze.
Video footage taken at Lake Buffalo on Sunday shows Dean Linic, 23, speeding towards a burning boat which had exploded with two teenagers on board.
Once he is near the boat Mr Linic is seen accelerating around it, causing large waves to douse the flames and eventually put them out.
Both teenagers, who had jumped off the boat by the time Mr Linic arrived, sustained injuries in the blaze.
A 17-year-old Melbourne man was flown to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with burns and his 17-year-old girlfriend was also injured,The Border Mail reports.
Mr Linic had been having lunch with his family at the opposite end of the lake when he heard a loud noise and went to investigate on his jet ski.
“We just heard this almighty explosion and we looked up and there was just black smoke going straight up, so I just dropped the paper, jumped on a jet ski and went around (to the boat),” Mr Linic said.
Police praised Mr Linic’s quick thinking but the 23-year-old said he simply used what resources he had.
“You just use common sense, you’ve got all this water around you, why not use that?” he said.
It is not yet known what caused the explosion.
The scene mimicked a similar event in New Zealand last year when a boat was filmed making waves to spray a burning vessel.
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry