2 from Charlotte hurt in Ocean Isle boat explosion, officials say – WSOC Charlotte

Updated: Jun 3, 2017 – 6:38 PM


OCEAN ISLE, N.C. – Two helicopters were dispatched to Ocean Isle Beach after a boat exploded Friday afternoon, officials told our affiliate WWAY.

Emergency crews were called around 4 p.m. to a boat explosion at Ocean Isle Fishing Center at 65 Causeway Drive. The boat was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Two people were on the boat, including one in the bilge, officials said. The other person was refueling the boat when it exploded.

Officials said boat owner David Martin Jr. and passenger Jonathan Bickett, both from Charlotte, accidentally put fuel into a fishing rod holder instead of the gas tank.

They called a boat towing company for help when the explosion happened.

“It literally sounded like someone stuffed dynamite into the hull of the boat and lit it on fire, and it was just a loud boom,” said Colby Cummings, a witness.

Martin and Bickett were airlifted to the hospital, officials said. An employee from the boat towing company also received injuries.

It’s unclear how serious their injuries are.

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