One minute everything was OK and the next there was fire everywhere.
A small pleasure craft reportedly carrying two ex-pat Newfoundlanders, exploded just before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening as it was making its way out of Stanley Bridge harbour.
Witnesses described hearing a boom before seeing four people jump from the boat into the water, as black plumes of smoke billowed from their stricken craft which was carrying four people on board — two men and two women.
They swam to shore, which was only a few feet away, and were aided by several fishermen who happened to be on the dock.
All four had singed hair and clothes, some had minor burns and one of the women had more severe injuries to her hands and legs. She was taken to hospital by ambulance.
A first responder on scene said none of their injuries appeared to be life threatening.
Firefighters from the New London Volunteer Fire Department responded aiding the injured and extinguished the burning boat prior to hauling it to shore.
Phyllis and Barb Carr, with Carr’s Oyster Bar, located next to the harbour, heard the noise just before one of the waitresses started yelling for someone to call 911.
They did, and made their way over to the dock where they helped look after the passengers.
“The boat was kind of spluttering and then it just exploded,” one of the passengers told Phyllis.
“It was boom, and fire, and get the hell off the boat,” added Barb.
Barb also said the people were not from the area; two were from P.E.I. while the others had just moved to the area from Newfoundland and Labrador.
RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar reported Wednesday evening the fire marshal’s office was going to inspect the scene that evening.
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