A Nevada, Mo., man was pronounced deceased at approximately 8:34 p.m. on Sunday night at University Hospital as a result of burn injuries suffered during a boat fire on Lake on the Ozarks earlier in the day.
UPDATE 10:15 a.m. Monday: According to additional information from a witness that has been confirmed by the MSHP, the man who died as a result of burns suffered in a boat explosion and fire Sunday afternoon on Lake of the Ozarks was in the engine compartment working on the engine at the time of the explosion. What caused the explosion is still unknown.
Update: Ronald J. Moore, 76, of Nevada, Mo. was pronounced deceased at approximately 8:34 p.m. Sunday night at University Hospital as a result of the injuries suffered earlier in the day.
Moore and Susan E. Abele-Burns, 58, of El Dorado Springs, Mo. were the two occupants who suffered serious injuries. Both were flown via medical helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Burns by Mercy Lifeline and Moore by Staff For Life. Burns remains in critical condition.
According to a press release from the Mid-County Fire Protection District, first arriving units found the two burn victims in critical condition and immediately committed to their care as additional fire resources were dispatched to control the boat fire.
The 38-foot cruiser vessel engulfed in flames had drifted from the marina into a fishing pier. The boat was completely destroyed and partially sunk. The vessel is planned to be removed by Tow Boat US.
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, according to the release. All units cleared the scene at 5:17 PM.
MCFPD responded with a Squad and Brush/EMS vehicle to Pier 31 Marina to care for the injured and two Engines and a fireboat for the boat fire. 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.
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.
More details have been released regarding the vessel fire that seriously injured two people Sunday afternoon at Pier 31 in Camdenton.
Susan E. Abele-Burns, 58, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Ronald J. Moore, 76, of Nevada, Mo., were the two occupants who suffered serious injuries. Both were flown via medical helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Burns by Mercy Lifeline and Moore by Staff For Life.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division boating incident report, a total of three people were on the 1989 Carver Santiago Bay boat that exploded after refueling at the 31-mile marker marina.
Driver James T. Holcomb, also of Nevada, was not listed with any injuries, nor was his age listed. All three occupants were listed without safety devices.
The vessel was described as totaled.
Two people were injured with burns of unknown severity during a vessel fire Sunday afternoon at Pier 31 in Camdenton, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F Sgt. Scott White confirmed.
Both were transported by a medical helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. Their identifications have not been released at this time.
At approximately 12:13 p.m. on September 23, 2017, an emergency call was placed by someone who reported a vessel had exploded at the gas pumps located at Pier 31, according to the law enforcement source.
The initial report indicated the fire was out and there were two burn victims, but when a MSHP Marine Division trooper arrived the vessel was away from the gas pumps and fully engulfed in flames.
The Lake Sun will update this report when more information is known.