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Old 06-03-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Boat explodes

A boat exploded near Ocean Isle Beach in NC Friday because, while attempting to fuel up the boat, the owners accidentally put 28 gallons of gas into a fishing rod holder instead of the gas tank!! This is definitely an example of how NOT to fuel up your boat. Thankfully everyone survived, but they are still in a burn center. Prayers!

Three injured in Ocean Isle Beach boat explosion - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC
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Old 06-03-2017, 09:02 PM   #2
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dont you just love petrol
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I put easy to read labels by each filler so there is an easy way to confirm what you are filling.
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Well when you are dumb... you are dumb... Darwin will take care of your destiny.
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Old 06-03-2017, 09:45 PM   #5
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Unfortunately when Darwin kicks in there may be others around that get taken out as well.
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dont you just love petrol
I'm thinking alcohol deserves the blame, not petrol.
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Sea Tow's Schwarz arrived and advised the pair to disconnect battery cables so a spark would not ignite the gas.
However, when they were disconnecting the cables, a spark ignited the gasoline, causing the explosion.

If I were floating in a pool of gasoline, I think I'd refuse to do anything but step off the boat
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New Federal regulation coming for fishing rod holders:
Placard required, red background, 3" letters..."This is NOT the Fuel Tank"
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I would not have tried to disconnect the battery cables. That is just asking for a spark. We had a boat when I was ateenager that the fuel gauge gasket leaked when I filled the tank. The gas dock kept insisting that I turn on the bilge blower and then start it up since I was blocking the fuel dock. I took several hours cleaning up the gas in the bilge. Finally turned on the blower when I could not find any more gas in the bilge. Obviously it worked out ok, but it was an eternity while I flipped on the blower switch. Ever since I am paranoid about gas leaks.
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Sea Tow's Schwarz is a bloody idiot
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:10 PM   #11
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I see a law suit coming and the Darwin people bringing it.
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From the news article it appears there were numerous mistakes made.
1) Missing the fuel fill. Who was doing the filling? The Captain/owner or the guest? The one who is most familiar with the boat should either pump the fuel him/her self OR make sure the fuel nozzle goes where it is supposed to (NOT the fresh water fill or the holding tank pump out) 25 gallons? Somebody was way asleep at the switch.
2) Listening to the tow assist guy when he said to disconnect the battery cables. Turn off your battery switches, sure but leave everything hard wired.
3) Sounds like there were 3 people in close proximity of the re-fueling. When I refuel our gas boat, everyone but me OR the fuel attendant is off the boat and a distance away.

I experienced a fuel (gas) spill on board last summer. When I opened the hatches to ventilate after fueling I immediately smelt gas. Turns out there was a break in the vent line right at the tank. Repaired the break, washed everything down well with soap and water and aired out the ER to the point where I could not smell any more vapors and THEN turned on the blower. Took about 2 hours and the grandsons were getting antsy but I did not let them anywhere near the boat until I deemed it to be safe.

Mr. g. "dont you just love petrol " Other than one has to be more aware of the potential dangers of gasoline and act accordingly, I don't mind it in the least. Perhaps since I used fire in the performance of my duties for 35 years in a past life I am much more attuned to dangers of flammable materials and their proximity to a source of ignition. Open flames, hydrocarbon solvents and inattentiveness do NOT play well together.
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Sad to say it reminded me of a sign/cartoon at the local marina/bait shop. they had a cartoon of a guy holding a fuel nozzle in the rod holder of his boat pumping gas into it and showing the fuel splashing into the boat. At the same time he was telling the attendant " Yes, I want to count those minnows, do you think I'm stupid!"
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Eliminating 99.999% of petrol explosions on boats is easy just buy a diesel
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Yes you have to love diesel. We were doing training for boat crew members and they had to extinguish a fire. Local fire chief put diesel in pan and tried to ignite it. Even used a road flare and could not get it going. Added an ounce of gas and it went right up. Once the diesel got heated it would reignite much easier, but when it was cold we couldn't get it to ignite by itself.
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So quick to judge, I guess none of you have ever made a mistake.
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1) Missing the fuel fill. Who was doing the filling? The Captain/owner or the guest? The one who is most familiar with the boat should either pump the fuel him/her self OR make sure the fuel nozzle goes where it is supposed to (NOT the fresh water fill or the holding tank pump out) 25 gallons? Somebody was way asleep at the switch.
Methinks it was a millennial who was texting while fueling.
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Note that a sailboat caught fire off Hallandale yesterday as well.
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