Several people were seriously injured in a boat explosion on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks

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A 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.

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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.