Fort Lauderdale Boat Explosion Florida; 7 Seriously Injured
At least 13 people were injured in a Fort Lauderdale boat explosion, Florida; seven people seriously hurt.
A 41-foot boat caught fire on the New River in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. When firefighters arrived, nearby boaters were already plucking people out of the water near the Fort Lauderdale Marine Center.
There were 21 people aboard the Wellcraft entertainment boat when the blaze happened at around 2 p.m. on the New River in the 2000 block of Southwest 20th Street.
According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan, five people were transported to the hospital, and two were severely injured. He added that one of the hospitalized individuals’ arms and legs sustained burns.
Officers from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and fire rescue are on the scene and are investigating the fire’s cause.
Many Injured in Fort Lauderdale Boat Explosion Florida
One of the patients had to be airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial’s burn unit, with over 40 percent of the body’s burns.
“We got initial reports of multiple people in the water with civilian boats in the area rescuing people that were burned and bringing them to the sea wall,” Stephen Gollan said.
He said fighting the fire was a challenge. The boat was on the north side of the river, but the patients were on the river’s south side.
The crews immediately divided, with a fire attack on the north of the river, stopping the boat from floating down the river while rescue crews were on the south side of the river at the Lauderdale Marine Center treating patients.
Seven people were transported to the Broward Health Medical Center. Two of the injured were in critical condition. The other five had minor injuries. The remaining people were treated on the scene for their injuries.
The police were also investigating why so many people were on the boat. None of the people have been identified, nor has the boat’s owner.