Man injured in boat explosion

Man injured in boat explosion

CREATED Jul 26, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

PAGE, Ariz., (KGUN9-TV) - A 63-year-old man was critically injured after the boat he was in exploded, according to Gerry Blair with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

Blair tells KGUN9 that witnesses said the man was fueling his 1974 Tolly Craft Cabin Motor Cruiser at Antelope Point on Lake Powell when he attempted to start the engine after he finished fueling.

After several attempts to start the engine, an explosion and subsequent fire occurred.

Witnesses said the man crawled out of the boat and onto a dock.

He was flown to the University of Utah Burn Unit in Salt Lake City by the Classic Life Guard Medical Transport.

Deputies are investigating the incident.