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This wasn't anyone from here was it. I heard it on the 13 news last night. 4 hurt 2 burned bad blowed out of the boat other 2 jumped out.
 

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Muslim fisherman?

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Saying " if you dont bite the hook well blow you out of the water " J/K........................later,Dave
 

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Life Flight was called.

It happened at the entrance to Bay Harbor & the Intercoastal. Bar talk was they had scuba equipment, the boatwas a 32' Contender.
 

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I was down there this weekend and I think it happened at bridge harbor and the intercoastal. Might have been some fume build up, who knows, but I heard two went by life flight for burns. One in critical condition and one serious. Really sucks, I hope everyone gets well soon. At this point it does not matter if it was a freak accident or a stupid mistake. (I have lived through many mistakes, just got lucky and it was a learning experience) I work 6 years in a hospital and I can tell you burns are horrific, my prays go out to them.
 

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You know guys, it sucks pretty bad to make light of an accident like this. It could have been anyone of us - or several of us - that this happened to. Prayers go out for the folks injured and their familes. It sounds pretty serious.
 

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Well said Jan, sending prayers too....It could have been several of our family, and that scares me.... Everyone makes mistakes and something as simple like turning on the bilge blower could lead to disaster......
 

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I hope they recover well, burns are pretty serious stuff.

It may not have been anything they did wrong. There are all kinds of possibilities. For instance:

I was trolling 25 miles offshore, and realized I had been smelling unusuualy strong gas fumes for a little while, more than normal for exhaust from my 175 horse Evinrude.

I started sniffing around, popped off a bilge inspection plate, and found a few gallons of gasoline sloshing around in my bilge. Right down there with two bilge pumps on automatic float switches!

I used my baitwell pump to fill the bilge with seawater, then pumped it out. I then poured in some soap, added about twenty gallons of seawater again, and ran it to the hill.

This boat was only 2 years old, so I couldn't imagine what had gone wrong. It took me a few hours to find the problem.

There are baffles welded in the aluminum fuel tank, to keep the gas from sloshing so much. One of the welds had a tiny pinhole. Apparently, it had not quite been all the way through, and took two years of bouncing to develop a leak.

But for the grace of God, I could have made the news like these folks did. Just a little more gas, and I bet the bilge pump switches would have tripped, igniting the fumes.

Now I ride with the rear bilge inspection plate popped loose, and I occasionally look and sniff down there to be sure it's okay.
 

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I got down to Bridge Harbor a few hours after it happened. Spoke to some folks that were there at the time. This is what I was told.

Coast guard personnel said the boat had "fumes" between the hull and liner which blew up. The boat (Scarab) did not burn. It raised the floor of the liner 4 or 5 inches and blew out the left side of the inner hull (liner) and the front of the console. Apparently the fireball burned the people and did not ignite the rest of the fuel.

They were just exiting the marina into the ICW and throttled up when it blew. Apparently all went into the water and got out on their own. The burn victims were lifeflighted. At least two, maybe three. There were two lifeflight birds on the ground. One man treated and released with a leg injury of some sort.

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"Flash fire on boat hurts 6
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Published September 5, 2004
BRIDGE HARBOR — Labor Day weekend plans that included scuba diving in the Gulf ended with two men seriously burned and four others injured after their boat exploded as it approached the Intracoastal Waterway from Bridge Harbor.

The Saturday morning explosion ejected a 42-year-old man and a 26-year-old man from the 30-foot recreational boat, said Freeport Fire Marshal Chris Motley. The men, both from the Waco area, were taken by LifeFlight to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with first- and second-degree burns. The older man was burned on 68 percent of his body, and the other was burned on 56 percent of his body, Motley said.

The boat’s other four occupants, including two Humble men, a Waco man and a 50-year-old Lake Jackson man, jumped from the boat. They were treated at the scene for minor burns, cuts and lacerations.

Officials would not release the names of any of the men, citing federal privacy laws.

All of the men swam ashore to safety, where they were pulled from the water by residents who either saw or heard the explosion.

“They were fortunate,” said Bob Bowers, who lives near the explosion site. “Thank heavens it happened right here.”

Had they been 15-20 miles offshore and traveling at a high rate of speed, they might have been scattered out there, he said. The boat’s radio was blown out.

“They wouldn’t have been able to call for help,” Bowers said.

His son, Stoney, pulled two men out of the water.

“They were making sure everybody was there,” he said.

None of the men were unconscious, and all seemed to be coherent, he said.

The explosion might have been caused by gas vapors, Motley said, but the ignition source has not been determined. The explosion has been ruled accidental, he said. He was unaware of any known problems with the boat.

Freeport emergency crews arrived at the scene within six minutes of receiving the call at about 8 a.m. Surfside Beach emergency crews and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted. By the time the first-responders arrived, Motley said, the a man, described as “walking wounded,” had extinguished the remaining fire, which was between the upper deck and the hull.

Parts of the boat were destroyed, but Motley said the damage was minor and the boat was still operational. It came to rest against the shoreline, he said.

“The vessel didn’t have any charring,” Motley said. “It was a flash fire.”

The explosion was an early morning shocker for the small community.

Frank Scott, a Bridge Harbor resident, called 911.

“We heard the concussion from the explosion and I went to see what was going on and saw the guys in the water,” Scott said. “When the paramedics got here, they did a good job of taking care of the guys. … It was a real good joint effort.”

Robert Wilson saw the smoke and heard the boom.

“Luckily, nobody got killed,” he said.

Since 2000, Motley said, Freeport has worked maybe two or three boat explosions. On Friday night, Freeport firefighters were called to a shrimp boat fire. But the boat’s fire suppression system extinguished most of it, Motley said. It, too, is believed to be accidental."
 

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Sounds like a bad accident and what a bad day on the water can be like. Probably should cut the early posters a little slack as they probably didn't understand the extent of the situation or injuries. Been guilty of posting something that turned out to be poor judgement myself once or twice.....ok a whole bunch of times :)
 

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I was headed offshore Sunday and at about 17-miles my engine started cutting out. First thing I did was look at the tach for diagnosis...looked at the speedo instead and noticed that my 3/4 full tank was now empty. Put the engine in neutral and peaked into the bilge, where I now had 50 gallons sloshing around. At this point we all put on PFD's and the crew went all the way to the bow for safety while I dumped 30-40 gallons of seawater on top of it. With the fuel diluted and all of the hatches open I crossed my fingers and flipped the bilge switch from 7-foot away with a rod & reel. I'm here today so, my crew and boat are all still in one piece.

I wanted to make mention of how easy something like this can happen. By the way, my fuel tank is only twenty four months old and was manufactured by a reputable manufacturer in the Houston area...it could happen to anyone!
 

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Did you put the gas nozzle in the rod holder at the station?? :) J/K
What does mixing water with the fuel have to do with being able to pump it out safely? Gas is lighter that water and will float on top of the water. Eventually, the pump will have to pump gas out. Its the fumes that are explosive. Sounds like you got really lucky on that one!
 

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My aluminum fuel tank cracked up, it was a good thing that I was carrying extra fuel or I would've really been up the creek. I was hoping that the H2O mixed in would make it less volatile and would disperse better through the bilge pump. Maybe that did not help, but I was hoping that anything might help.

You got any ideas how to handle a situation like that safely?
 

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Carry a box of tide laundry detergent to clean out bilges and break down the oil/gas.
 

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Carry a box of tide laundry detergent to clean out bilges and break down the oil/gas.
Good idea, never thought I would need some Tide on an outboard. Back in the day, every crewboat or shrimpboat (with mostly oil dribbling Detroit Diesels) I ever worked on had Tide detergent on board for "safe" disposal of petroleum products. The detergent caused the bilge slick to be less noticeable.
 
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