Boat explosion injures 2, damages 6 vessels and dock
Published 11:06 am Monday, August 10, 2020
KINGSTON (AP) — Two people were seriously injured when an explosion happened while their boat was docked at a marina in East Tennessee, officials said.
Crews responded to Blue Springs Marina on Watts Bar Lake Saturday evening after small explosions were reported on moored vessels, news outlets reported, citing a statement from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. There was significant damage to the dock and six vessels, two of which sank, the statement said.
A married couple from Monroe County were injured by an explosion in their engine hatch and flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, officials said. Their identities weren’t released.
Responding wildlife officers went boat to boat to confirm all people were accounted for and to ensure public safety.
The marina offers boat repair facilities and a restaurant, news outlets reported.
Officials continue to investigate what happened.