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Boat explosion throws 21-year-old woman into water

The owner of the boat tried to crank it several times after fueling up and that's when it exploded.

LARGO, Fla. — A boat explosion sent a woman to the hospital Sunday.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said a deck boat exploded after it was filling up with fuel at the Indian Springs Marina. The owner of the boat, David Weil, told deputies some gas had overflowed and spilled. Weil said after he cleaned up, he tried to crank the boat several times and then it exploded. 

The blast sent his 21-year-old daughter into the water, deputies said. Weil was able to dive in and rescue her. Investigators said the explosion hurt her legs so she was taken to the hospital. 

Weil's wife and a family friend were standing nearby and were knocked down when the boat exploded, deputies said. The two were not hurt.

The explosion set the fiberglass boat on fire and caused it to partially sink, deputies said. Largo Fire Rescue was able to get the fire out and marina workers were able to remove the boat from the water and bring it onshore.

Deputies said about 100 gallons of fuel spilled into the Intercostal Waterway as a result of the fire. 

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