Carteret County Fire Marshal Eddie Lewis said George Thomas Guthrie, 56, who lives near Mill Creek, and his crew were loading gear on a 35-foot shrimp boat docked at Jones Fish House off Broad Creek Loop Road when the boat exploded and caught fire. Mr. Guthrie was the only person onboard at the time of the explosion.
His father, Phillip Guthrie, was standing nearby on the dock and was reportedly thrown back when the boat exploded, but had no serious injuries, according to Mr. Lewis.
The fire marshal further said the family loaded George Guthrie into a vehicle and transported him to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City for initial treatment.
“My understanding is he was flown to the (University of North Carolina) Burn Center,” Mr. Lewis said.
There was no further word on George Guthrie’s condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
Multiple fire departments reported to the scene at about 11:20 a.m. to fight the blaze, which totally engulfed the boat. Mr. Lewis said it took about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. The boat eventually sunk at the dock.