Four people were seriously injured Wednesday afternoon at the Tega Cay marina after a boat exploded after refueling. Authorties say that a total of six people were onboard the 37-foot cabin crusier when it pulled away from the dock after refueling. It was at that time that the boat exploded.
Witnesses say that two adults and two boys jumped from the boat and were pulled from the water by onlookers at the marina. One was airlifted and three were taken via ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center. Two of those injured in the accident were then sent to the burn unit at UNC Chapel Hill.
Five other boats at the marina were damaged as a result of the explosion and authorities say they are still unclear as to what caused the explosion. A complete investigation will be done as soon as the boat can be pulled out of the marina.
Officals warn that boaters should properly vent after refueling by using the blower to sift gas away from the engine compartment and should then make sure they don't smell any gas fumes before starting the engine. Many times, boaters skip this step and it can lead to fires.
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