TWO boys are fighting for their lives and another has severe burns to his hands after trying to put out his friends‚Äô clothes when electricity from high voltage wires arced and shocked their bodies with 25,000 volts.
The three boys, all aged 17, were found under a rail overpass in the Gold Coast suburb of Pimpama last night after one of the teens was able to call triple-0 for help.
It‚Äôs believed the boys had jumped a fence to sit on a train overpass.
‚ÄúApparently what happened is they climbed over the bridge there, and sat on the concrete barriers that support the bridge to admire the view,‚ÄĚ Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Allan Windsor said.
‚ÄúWhile sitting there it appears the electricity from the high voltage wires above have crossed to the young males and (two have) got severely shocked.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThey both received approximately 50 per cent burns to their bodies ranging from full thickness to partial thickness burns.‚ÄĚ
The two teens who were shocked are in Royal Brisbane and Women‚Äôs Hospital, a spokeswoman confirming to news.com.au that both of them are in a critical condition.
Paramedics told reporters at least one of the boys had entry marks on his feet and exit marks on his back, wounds consistent with being shocked.
It‚Äôs believed the third boy, who is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital for burns to his hands, also received an electric shock.
‚ÄúWhen we arrived his heart was racing at 175 beats per minute,‚ÄĚ Mr Windsor told reporters.
QAS senior service operations supervisor Cary Strong said the teens were lucky to be alive after their moment of ‚Äústupidity‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúTo have that amount of volts go through you and still be conscious, alive but in a serious condition at the moment ‚ÄĒ extremely lucky,‚ÄĚ Mr Strong said.
‚ÄúIt is not worth risking your own life or the lives of others for a moment of indiscretion or stupidity. That‚Äôs the result.‚ÄĚ
Mr Windsor also warned other young people about taking risks around trains.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs very stupid ‚ÄĒ just stay away from (the wire) ‚Ä¶ they can arc which I don‚Äôt think a lot of people realise,‚ÄĚ Mr Windsor said.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why they have those safety barriers there so please keep away from them and keep out of those areas.‚ÄĚ
Queensland Rail and Police are investigating the incident.
In a statement, Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy reminded people not to jump safety barriers.
‚ÄúWith 25,000 volts of electricity running through Queensland Rail‚Äôs overhead power line network, it is critically important that members of the public do not enter prohibited areas of the rail corridor,‚ÄĚ Mr Easy said.
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