ADVERTISINGBenton County officials tell Action News that Kendall Nida was on the vessel by himself when he started to experience engine trouble. Nida tried to work on the boats engine when it exploded. Nida sustained minor burns to his lower body before jumping from the boat and swimming to safety.
Deputies say a person on a jet ski circled around the vessel and splashed water on the boat to put the fire out.
Nida has been taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.