State Park Marina, Stockton Lake, Cedar County
In a devastating incident at State Park Marina on Stockton Lake yesterday, a boat explosion resulted in serious injuries to the driver. The incident occurred at approximately 11:10 a.m. and was classified as a fuel and propulsion/generator-related fire or explosion.
According to the official police report, Sergeant M.D. Adams (#463) from the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident, which was logged under incident number 230281554. The driver of the ill-fated vessel was identified as Justin C. Million, a 40-year-old male from Sheldon, Missouri.
The boat involved was described as a 1997 Seadoo PWC (Personal Watercraft), and it sustained extensive damage in the explosion. Reports indicate that the boat was deemed a total wreck and required immediate attention from authorities. The boat was registered to a person named Wreck-O-Mended, residing in Greenfield, Missouri.
Justin C. Million, the driver of the boat, was wearing a safety device at the time of the incident. Despite this precaution, he suffered minor injuries when he was ejected from the vessel due to the force of the explosion. Emergency services swiftly responded to the scene and transported Million to Cox Barton County Hospital in Lamar, Missouri, for medical treatment.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the accident occurred when Million, after taking a short break, returned to the vessel and attempted to start it. Tragically, the boat exploded at that moment, causing the driver to be ejected from the vessel.
The exact cause of the explosion is currently under investigation. Authorities are focusing on determining the factors that led to the ignition and the subsequent blast. Experts from various agencies are collaborating to understand the sequence of events and assess any potential mechanical or fuel-related issues that may have contributed to this incident.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety precautions and adherence to proper operating procedures while using watercraft. Authorities are urging boat owners and operators to ensure regular maintenance, follow manufacturer guidelines, and take all necessary safety measures to prevent accidents and mitigate risks on the water.
As the investigation unfolds, local authorities are working diligently to provide a comprehensive analysis of the incident. Updates will be shared with the public as more information becomes available.
In the wake of this tragic incident, the boating community at Stockton Lake is uniting to support the injured driver and his family, offering their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.