Six people injured in boat explosion on Lake of the Ozarks
A mechanical problem sparked a boat fire on Tuesday afternoon on Lake of the Ozarks, leaving six people injured.
Missouri State Highway Patrol report says incident occurred at Osage Arm 10.4 mile marker in Camden County at around 1:40 p.m. when a 2007 26-foot Sea Ray experienced a problem mechanical, causing a fuel-related fire. The boat’s operator, James Hohenstein, 47, of Elk Horn, Neb., Was seriously injured along with five other occupants while a sixth passenger sustained minor injuries.
Kari Hohenstein, 46, from Elk Horn, was also seriously injured along with Brad Vanwinkle, 39, from Gretna, Neb., A 16-year-old from Elk Horn and a 12-year-old boy. by Gretna. Meanwhile, a 2-year-old boy was slightly injured.
James and Kari Hohenstein were both taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with the 12-year-old and the 2-year-old was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by personal transport. Vanwinkle and the 16-year-old were taken to Columbia University Hospital for life.
The vessel was found to be moderately damaged and was moored at the wharf.
The Lake Sun will provide further details as they become available.