The boat, named Last Call, was at the marina dock in the same cove as the popular restaurants Backwater Jacks and 1932 Reserve, when a witness says they heard an explosion. After the explosion, the Missouri State Highway Patrol says all three occupants were able to get off the boat; at least one of them jumped into the water. The Patrol was contacted by a gas dock employee at 9:11 a.m. about the fire.
Pictures show the boat was soon engulfed in flames as it drifted out into the cove.
Officers responded to the area and found the boat was no longer at the gas dock but adrift, and heading toward other nearby docks. They attached a tow rope to the boat and towed it to a nearby boat ramp, where the fire department met them to put out the fire.
One person was transported to Lake Regional by ambulance, and two others had minor injuries but refused treatment.
Boat explosions can occur after refueling, due to accumulation of fumes in the bilge. Running a bilge blower during and after refueling can help clear fumes from the boat before restarting; starting a boat can create a spark that would ignite gas fumes. However, other issues can cause boat fires at the dock, too. The specific cause of Saturday's explosion has not yet been reported.