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Coastguard helicopter rescues two injured people off Cornish coast after explosion

The helicopter airlifted two casualties to Derriford Hospital Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Newquay Coastguard's helicopter crew has rescued two injured people from a ship off the Cornish coast after an explosion this afternoon.

The coastguard received a call from a dredging vessel around 1pm reporting they had had an explosion on board.

It is believed a compressed air cylinder exploded and two of the three people on board were injured in the blast.

A Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliary ship and a Fishery Protection vessel assisted with the rescue.

Both casualties were airlifted to Derriford Hospital with one casualty reported to be in a serious condition, although not thought to be life-threatening.

Fowey All Weather Lifeboat then towed the vessel into harbour.

Watch coastguard footage of the rescue: