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This pleasure craft caught fire in a harbour near Stanley Bridge, on Prince Edward Island's north shore, on Wednesday. The vessel's four occupants, including two from Newfoundland and Labrador, had to jump out of the boat because of the incident.
By Colin MacLean
STANLEY BRIDGE, P.E.I. — One minute everything was OK and the next there was fire everywhere.
A small pleasure craft exploded just before 5 p.m. Wednesday as it was making its way out of Stanley Bridge harbour, along the north shore of Prince Edward Island.
Witnesses described hearing a “boom” before seeing four people jump from the boat and into the water, as black plumes of smoke billowed from the stricken craft.
There were four people on board; two men and two women. The witnesses said two were Prince Edward Island natives, while the other two had moved to P.E.I. from Newfoundland and Labrador in the summer.
The foursome swam to shore, which was only a few feet away, and were aided by several fishermen who happened to be on the dock.
All four had singed hair and clothes, some had minor burns, and one of the women had more severe injuries to her hands and legs. She was taken to hospital by ambulance.
A first responder on scene said none of their injuries appeared to be life threatening.
Firefighters from the nearby New London Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. They aided the injured, extinguished the burning boat and hauled it to shore.
Phyllis and Barb Carr, who work at Carr’s Oyster Bar located next to the harbour, heard the noise just before one of the waitresses started yelling for someone to call 911.
They did, and made their way over to the dock where they helped look after the boat’s passengers.
“The boat was kind of spluttering and then it just exploded,” one of the passengers told Phyllis.
“It was boom, and fire, and get the hell off the boat,” added Barb.
RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar reported Wednesday evening that the fire marshal’s office would to inspect the scene Wednesday evening.
with files from The Guardian
STANLEY BRIDGE, P.E.I. — Two people from Newfoundland and Labrador, along with two others, were involved in a boat explosion in a Prince Edward Island harbour on Wednesday.
According TC Media reports, the pleasure craft was piloting its way out of the harbour in Stanley Bridge, on P.E.I.'s north shore, when the explosion occurred, sending flames and a plumes of black smoke into the air.
RCMP said the incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. N.L. time.
According to witnesses. the four onboard the boat then jumped into the harbour to escape the flames.
The foursome, including two from Prince Edward Island and two who just moved to Prince Edward Island this summer from Newfoundland and Labrador, had just fueled up their boat, according to the witness.
Mussel fishermen in the area picked up the four people and took them back to port.
The witness said paramedics on the scene were overhead saying they were treating at least one of the individuals for second-degree burns. Others had singed hair and clothing.
The RCMP confirmed one person was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses said they believed one of the other occupants of the boat may have also been taken to hospital by a friend or relative
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