A boat explosion on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, a popular summer destination in central Missouri, about 55 miles southwest of Jefferson City, left six people seriously injured, including three children, between a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old, authorities said Tuesday. The 16-year-old and Vanwinkle were taken by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment.A 2-year-old boy’s injuries were described as minor. The 16-year-old and Vanwinkle were taken by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment.The explosion happened near Sunrise Beach. The 26-foot boat was docked in the Osage Arm of the lake, in the area of 155 Westport Circle. when the explosion occurred. MSHP said there was a mechanical problem that caused a fuel-related fire. All passengers on the boat are listed as being from Elk Horn or Gretna, Nebraska, more than 300 miles away.
The vessel was demeed to have moderate damage and was secured at the dock. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. A trip on the boat on the lake is a big summer attraction on the lake Ozarks, a reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri. The lake was created by the construction of the 2,543-foot (775 m) long Bagnell Dam by the Union Electric Company of St. Louis. It has a surface area of 54,000 acres (220 km2) and 1,150 miles (1,850 km) of shoreline.