Last Friday afternoon, a boat exploded at the Bullfrog fuel dock, injuring seven people ranging from 3 to 53 years old. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area personnel responded to the accident and began treatment of the victims who suffered burns of varying severity. No other injuries were reported.
After initial treatment, the patients were transported to the Bullfrog medical clinic, and from there five of the patients were then transported to larger medical facilities via fixed wing and rotor medical aircraft.
While patient treatment was underway, the damaged vessel was towed away from the fuel dock and moored to the fuel dock breakwater where it began to list. The vessel was towed to shore the next day by ARAMARK Executive Services.
Witnesses told investigators that refueling had been completed, but the boat became untied and started drifting away from the dock.
The boat operator then started the boat before proper ventilation time could be achieved.
Initial investigation indicates that the cause of the explosion was inadequate ventilation of low bilge areas prior to ignition of the boat.
The Utah State Fire Marshall is leading the investigation on the cause of the boat explosion. The National Park Service is also conducting a separate investigation into the incident.