On 22 March, 2018, a horrific fire broke out on a yacht at ONE°15 Marina Club at Sentosa Cove. 15 people were taken to hospital. 3 of them, including an infant, suffered burn injuries.
Now, it has emerged that one of the burn victims was a maid, who had used her own body to protect the baby from fire.
Singapore maid saves baby
While the cause of the huge fire remains unknown, witnesses say they heard a loud bang, before they saw the yacht being engulfed in flames and thick black smoke.
A boat technician said he saw a woman carrying the baby, screaming as she exited the burning yacht. Apparently, the baby suffered burns on the face, while 2 maids suffered severe burn injuries. All three had been at the rear end of the yacht when the fire broke out.
An in-house emergency response team from Marina Club tackled the fire, before SCDF officers arrived to put it out.
Both the maids are reportedly in serious, but stable condition. According to The Independent, one of the maids was warded at the Intensive Care Unit while the other was being treated at the High Dependency Unit. Apparently, they suffered 30% burns.
Emergency care in case of thermal burns
Children's bodies heat up and lose heat much faster than adults. Which is why it is so important to know what to do in case of a burn or thermal injury. In case of thermal burns:
- Remove your child from the heat source.
- Cool the affected area with cold water or cold compresses until pain is reduced or alleviated.
- If a blister has formed, do not break it.
- Protect the burn with a dry, sterile, gauze bandage or with a clean bed sheet or cloth.
- Remove constrictive clothing immediately. Take off jewellery, belts, and tight clothing.
If your child's clothing is stuck to the burned area, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, cut around the clothing leaving the burn intact.
- Do not apply any ointments, oils, or sprays to the burned area.
- If your child has burns on the hand, foot, face, eyes, or groin, or those that cover a large area, seek medical attention or dial 999 for emergency medical attention.
(Source: The Independent)