Nine people on board had docked the rented boat on Starnes Island when the boat’s power generator began malfunctioning, a fire official said. A man began working on the generator at the back of the boat with two women nearby when a “flash fire” erupted, said Lt. Jonathan Bohot with Lake Travis Fire and Rescue.
Rescue crews took the three victims to Emerald Point, where at least one was flown via a STAR Flight helicopter to the Dell Seton Medical Center. One woman sustained second- and third-degree burns while two others suffered burns to their lower extremities.
The Travis County Fire Marshal is leading an investigation into the cause of the fire.