According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Tyler Anthony, of Olathe, Kan., was driving the 2001 Sea Ray 2900 downstream, around the 8.2 Mile Marker — not far from Gator Point & Toad Cove, at the end of Horseshoe Bend — when the boat caught fire. The Patrol did not specify what caused the fire, simply stating it was fuel-related but not propulsion/generator related, however the boat was underway when it caught fire, not at a dock or refueling.
The occupants were all able to escape the boat unharmed. The fire was extinguished and the Sea Ray was towed to shore by Lake Tow. However, the boat burst into flames multiple times again at the shore, scorching a nearby tree. Lake Tow’s crew was able to pull the boat far enough away that the nearby home was undamaged.