Wisconsin Boat Explosion Kills 1, Injures 2

A boat explosion in southeastern Wisconsin killed one man and injured two others. Three men were installing a pier on Lauderdale Lake for a local pier service when a nearby pontoon exploded. Emergency crews arrived to find a damaged pontoon barge on the shoreline off Stewart Drive in La Grange. Sadly, one man died at the scene. Another was transported to the local trauma center with serious injuries. The third man sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The Walworth County Hazardous Materials Unit was called in to help clean up the fuel. The cause of the boat explosion remains under investigation.

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Increased Boat Explosion Risk

As boating season approaches, more people will be out on the water. The Wisconsin boat explosion highlights how important it is for boat owners and operators to follow proper safety and maintenance procedures. Data from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division (USCG Boating) shows that boating accident deaths increased by 25% from 2019 to 2020. USCG Boating says boat sales and insurance claims rose during the pandemic, putting more people at risk for injury. The most common causes of boat explosions include the following:

  • Improper ventilation
  • Defective blower system
  • Fuel leaks
  • Faulty propane tanks
  • Electrical system or mechanical failure

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