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Five Injured Following Ocean Pines Boat Fire

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OCEAN PINES, Md. - Maryland Natural Resources spokesperson says five people have been hospitalized after a 24-foot boat caught ablaze in Ocean Pines.

The fire started shortly before 2:00 p.m.

The owner of the boat is Neil Edwards of Springfield Virginia. He also owns the home on Ocean Drive, in Ocean Pines, where the boat exploded.  

According to a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesperson, Edwards was taking his wife, daughter, and a couple from California out on the water. When he attempted to drive the boat forward, that's when the explosion occurred. All five people were thrown from the vessel.

47ABC was told neighbors helped get them out of the water, while Ocean pine fire fighters put the fire out.

Edwards and his wife Bonnie were transported to PRMC, treated and released. Their 18-year old daughter Shannon, who was sitting on the bow of the boat, was largely unharmed and treated at the scene.

The couple, Dawn VanDeursen and Larry MacPherson, suffered burns to their lower legs and arms, and were airlifted to Johns Hopkins Bayview burn center in Baltimore.

47ABC was told their injuries were non-life threatening. Hazmat crews were called out to contain and remove debris and gasoline from the water.

Maryland Natural Resources police are still working with Worcester County Fire Marshall -- to find out what sparked the explosion.


(Photo courtesy of Patrick McAllorum)


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