April 4, 2021

Eight Injured in Classic Bertram Boat Explosion

Eight people where injured with three of these being grievous as a classic eight meter in length Bertram boat exploded and then went ablaze during a thirtieth birthday celebration near a marina at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, shortly after 17:00 on Sunday fourth April.  Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW responded to the call of the classic Bertram boat fire, while NSW Ambulance came on the scene and treated the occupants who suffered burns and smoke inhalation, while a man and two women were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition which was downgraded to serious but stable on Monday.  The classic Bertram was reported refueling with its eleven guests to celebrate a thirtieth birthday celebration as it exploded just after the helmsman turned the ignition key to leave the fuel dock.
The classic Bertram in this fire is a 28 Flybridge as designed by Dave Napier and produced from 1971 to 94.  The 28 was David Napier second model, and Bertram best sold model to date selling 2200 units in a long 23 years production run.  The Bertram 28 was available in six versions; with the model receiving three layout updates; Mark II in 1986 and III in 1991.  The 28 came out as a replacement to the 25 although in volume and spaces she was more an alternative to the 31.

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