Natasha Kaplinsky's daughter, 8, suffers 'severe burns' in Corfu boat 'fireball'

Asher Mcshane, Alexandra Richards
Natasha Kaplinsky was treated for burns and her daughter, 8, was rushed to hospital in the UK

Natasha Kaplinsky's daughter has been rushed to hospital with 'severe burns' she sustained in a fire on board a boat during a family holiday in Corfu, Greece.

The former newsreader and her family are recovering after they were involved in the 'fireball' accident on the holiday island, it has been reported.

She was with family members onboard a boat when a fire broke out, according to The Sun.

Ms Kaplinsky, 45, her daughter Angelica and another relative were rescued by a fisherman who then helped extinguish the blaze.

Natasha's daughter, who is eight years old, is said to have suffered burns in the fire.

She was taken to hospital in Corfu Town and was then flown back to the UK for treatment.

A spokesman for the first Strictly Come Dancing winner said: "Natasha and her family were involved in an accident in Corfu.

Natasha Kaplinsky and members of her family were caught up in a blast on board a boat in Corfu (Dave Benett)

"They came home early to receive treatment and are making a good recovery at home."

Kaplinsky and her husband have a holiday home on the Greek Island.

Natasha Kaplinsky with Brendan Cole on Strictly (BBC)

A Corfu Port Authority spokesman said: "At first the girl was rushed to hospital in Corfu Town with burns to her face and hands.

"Her mother and grandfather were treated at a private clinic. It was then decided to fly them home.'

"The vessel suffered a mechanical failure which caused a fire in the engine room, which was immediately extinguished by the people on the boat."

Natasha won the first ever series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 with dance partner Brendan Cole, who has since been axed from the show.