UPDATE: Ronald Moore has died from the injuries suffered.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri- A boat explosion near Mariners Pier 31 has sent two victims to the hospital Sunday in serious condition.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two patients were airlifted with serious burns. They are listed as Susan Abele-Burns, 58, of Eldorado Springs, Mo and Ronald Moore, 76, of Nevada, Mo.
The driver of the vessel, James Holcomb from Nevada was not hurt.
Troopers say the explosion onboard the 1989 Carver Santiago Bay happened near a gas pump on a dock and an explosion happened after refueling
The boaters were airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia.
The Mid-County Fire Protection District released the following information about the incident:
“On September 24, 2017 at 12:14 PM, the Mid-County Fire Protection District, MCFPD, was dispatched to a reported boat explosion with multiple injured at the Pier 31 Marina and the end of Pier 31 Road in Camdenton. First arriving fire units found two burn victims in critical condition. Fire units also found a 38’ cruiser fully involved in fire that had drifted across the cove from Pier 31 Marina and had drifted into a fishing pier. First arriving fire units were committed to caring for the two burn victims and additional fire resources were dispatched to control the boat fire. The injured were treated at the scene and then taken by Camden County Ambulance District to (2) landing zones with waiting helicopters. Both injured were taken by Staff for Life and Mercy Lifeline helicopters to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. MCFPD responded with a Squad and Brush/EMS vehicle to Pier 31 Marina to care for the injured.
MCFPD responded with 2 Engines and a fireboat for the boat fire. The boat was completely destroyed and partially sunk. The boat will be removed by Tow Boat US. The MCFPD was assisted on the fire scene by a fireboat from the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District. A fireboat from Osage Beach Fire Protection District was also dispatched but was cancelled before it arrived at the fire scene. Osage Beach Fire Protection District also responded an Engine and personnel to MCFPD Station 1 in Camdenton to cover additional emergency calls.
Due to gasoline being in the water from the damaged boat, Camden County Emergency Management responded with their boom trailer and booms were placed around the damaged boat and across an adjacent cove to trap the gasoline and debris. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene to evaluate the spill.
All units cleared the scene at 5:17 PM.
Units from Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Missouri Highway Patrol-Water Division, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Camden County Ambulance District / Mercy EMS, Staff for Life Helicopter, Mercy Lifeline Helicopter, Camden County Emergency Management Agency and Missouri Department of Natural Resources assisted on this incident.”
Trooper Cpl. Collins responded at 12:15 pm.