Man Burned In Boat Explosion

By Wendy Fry
|  Saturday, Sep 15, 2012  |  Updated 9:52 AM PDT
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Man Burned In Boat Explosion

A man was taken to UCSD hospital with second degree burns after an apparent boat fire near Shelter Island.

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One man is in the hospital after a reported explosion on a boat left him with second degree burns on his hands, face and  legs.

San Diego fire crews responded to reports of an explosion and fire on a boat at the Shelter Island boat ramp at around 6 a.m. Saturday.

A San Diego fire watch commander said the man was backing his boat into the water when the apparent small explosion occurred. Fire crews reported no evidence of a substantial fire on the scene, according to emergency radio communication.

An initial investigation indicated the accident was caused by fuel fumes ignited when a battery switch was turned on. A can of gasoline was found near the boat, a San Diego firefighter said.

The man was taken to the UCSD Burn Center in Hillcrest shortly after 6 a.m. 

His name has not been released and the investigation is ongoing.

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