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Morehead City boat explosion ruled an accident

By Juliana Valencia
Published On: May 03 2014 09:53:44 AM CDT
Updated On: May 05 2014 11:41:57 PM CDT
MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY -

According to officials a Saturday morning boat explosion on Saturday that sent two men to the hospital has been deemed an accident according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Enforcement.

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Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion on a boat that sent two men to a hospital Saturday morning.

Dock master Mike Pollard says the explosion injured two men outside the Morehead City Yacht Basin Saturday morning.

“I heard an explosion. You know, like a small bomb. I look out the window and I see the boat on fire,” Pollard said.

Pollard said the two men stopped to fill up their gas tank before going out on their first trip. He said the owner bought the pre-owned boat the day before in Oriental.

According to Pollard, with a full tank the two men moved the 28-foot Carolina Classic fishing boat to the other side of the dock. He says about twenty minutes later, when the two were trying to leave the boat wouldn’t start.

Dock hand Andrew Newton says he went to get a battery charger for them from inside when he heard an explosion.  

“I saw a ball of fire come off the boat,” Newton said.

Newton helped put out the fire with an extinguisher, while Pollard and another man helped get the two injured men off the boat.

Both men were taken to Carteret General Hospital. One of the victims was airlifted to another hospital shortly after arriving to Carteret General Hospital, according to officials.

The boat was taken to Town Creek Marina for inspection.

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Two men have been injured as a result of a boat explosion in Morehead City.

Morehead City Fire/EMS officials say they received the call at 9:46 this morning, saying that there had been a boat explosion at the Morehead City Yacht Basin. They say the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Reserve Center personnel also heard the explosion, and responded to the scene.

Officials say when they arrived, they found a 28 foot Carolina Classic fishing vessel tied to the dock. They say there was significant damage to the vessel as a result of the explosion.

They say two men were found on the dock, having sustained injuries. Both were taken to Carteret General Hospital.

Residents living nearby say a loud explosion could be heard, and that two men were injured and taken to a burn center. One of the men was flown to another facility.

Witnesses say the boat had just been filled with fuel when the explosion occurred. Some used fire extinguishers to control the fire.

The Army Reserve and Atlantic Beach Fire Department deployed absorbent booms to absorb fuel which may have leaked into the water. At this time, they believe leakage was minimal.
 

Authorities say at this time,NC Wildlife and Marine Fisheries is investigating the cause of the incident.