Boat explosion injuries 2

June 24, 2023

Boat explosion injuries 2

LUDINGTON — A boat explosion at Ludington Municipal Marina Friday evening injured two people. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the marina at 11:29 p.m. for a reported water emergency. An explosion occurred on a 38-foot 1996 Carver Cabin Cruiser boat docked at the marina. Initial dispatch information indicated that people were on board the vessel. 

Emergency personnel located a 60-year-old man and 60-year-old woman near the marina’s day house. “The victims had suffered significant burns and needed immediate medical attention,” according to Ludington Police Department Chief Chris Jones. Both were transported to Corewell Health Ludington Hospital with critical injuries, Jones said. They were then transported in critical, but stable, condition to Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. 

Jones said the boat “suffered significant and disabling damage due to the explosion. The debris from the explosion impacted several boats along C dock. The explosion and resulting fire were contained to the single vessel.” 

Jones said a preliminary vessel indicated the boat had a fuel leak. 

“The male victim was attempting to disconnect the batteries, when a spark occurred, resulting in the explosion and fire. The initial investigation did not reveal any environmental impact as a result of the explosion or fire.” 

Responding emergency units included Ludington Fire Department, Ludington Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Life EMS. 

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