On Saturday afternoon, six members of the same family were seriously injured when their 33-foot cabin cruiser exploded and burned to the waterline off the southwest corner of Pine Key Island (as known as Beer Can Island) in Florida. An explosion rocked the boat, and it caught fire.
According to a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, six people were seriously injured and were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, while four children were treated for minor injuries at the scene of the boat accident. The remaining four people on the boat (including one other child) were wading in the water and were not injured. The family has requested that the hospital not release their conditions to the public.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Tampa Fire Department’s Investigations Unit are investigating the boat accident.
Officials investigating boat explosion at Beer Can Island in Tampa; 6 still hospitalized, St. Petersburgh Times, May 11, 2009
Officials investigate weekend boat explosion, Florida AP, May 11, 2009
Contact a South Florida personal injury attorney if you have been injured in a car, boat, or other accident.