An unidentified 63-year-old man filling up his 30 foot, 1974 Tolly Craft cabin cruiser at Antelope Point, near Page, AZ, became the unfortunate victim of a fuel explosion today, July 26, 2012. According to AZ Central.com, the man had just put fuel in his boat and was trying to start it when the explosion happened. The explosion caused the man’s boat to completely engulf in flames. The gentleman was able to crawl out of the boat where he received medical attention from witnesses and public-safety responders. He was later flown to the University of Utah Burn Unit in Salt Lake City.
I send my best wishes for this man’s recovery. His burns, however, sound pretty extreme and it’s likely he has a long road of recovery ahead of him.
Having owned a boat, I know that before you start the engine that you need to activate the blower to help evacuate gas fumes out of the engine compartment, thereby reducing the incidence of explosions. If there is still a strong smell of gasoline after venting the engine space, this is a warning sign not to start the boat.
Ron Kramer is a Lake Powell, Utah, accident and injury lawyer accepting cases throughout the state of Utah.