A boat owner suffered burns to his legs, arms, and abdomen June 23 after an explosion at a gas dock at the Foxhaven Marina in Ottawa County.
According to the county sheriff’s department, Theodore G. Philput, 46, Canal Winchester, O., had just re-fueled port and starboard tanks on his 40-foot boat when he attempted to start the vessel from the fly bridge. The engines apparently started and then stopped.
Philput then came down from the bridge and opened a hatch on the rear deck, a witness told the sheriff’s department. The witness said there was a clicking sound when the hatch opened, followed by an explosion.
Flames shot up momentarily and then there was smoke.
Philput was transported by LifeFlight to Cleveland Metro General Hospital.
Brandt Buckholz, 18, Chippewa Lake, O., was slightly injured but didn’t require treatment.
The explosion is being investigated by the sheriff’s department and the Ohio Division of Watercraft.