A Dubbo man was one of three people who had a lucky escape when the boat they were on exploded at Lake Burrendong on Sunday.
The 34-year-old man and his two passengers had taken the boat about 150 metres away from the boat ramp at Mookerawa Waters just before 12pm when a suspected fuel leak caused the boat to explode into flames.
All three were forced to jump into the water for safety as the boat was rapidly overtaken by flames.
They swam to shore and were helped out by staff from Lake Burrendong State Park.
Police, Rural Fire Service and Volunteer Rescue Association from Wellington were all called to the scene but they were unable to save the boat, which was gutted and later sank to the bottom of the lake.
Reports suggest the man had been using the boat all weekend without any prior incident.