Two who were on the boat are reportedly from Newfoundland
This boat exploded in Stanley Bridge, P.E.I. Wednesday. — Photo by Colin MacLean/The Journal Pioneer
STANLEY BRIDGE — A dramatic scene unfolding at this hour in Stanley Bridge after a pleasure craft exploded in the middle of the harbour, sending four people fleeing for their lives.
New London firefighters, Island EMS and the RCMP remain on the scene at this hour.
Barb Carr was working at Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge when one of her colleagues came running into the restaurant yelling at her to call 911.
“I just took my phone and ran to the wharf and I seen the boat on fire and the people being hauled out of the water,” Carr told The Guardian.
“I seen the boat with high flames off the speed boat, a lot of black smoke and the people being helped out of the water and on to the dock.”
Carr explained that the foursome, including two from Prince Edward Island and two who just moved to Prince Edward Island this summer from Newfoundland and Labrador, had just fueled up their boat.
The boat was piloting its way out of the harbour when the explosion occurred sending flames and a plumes of black some into the air. The four on board the boat then jumped into the harbour to escape the flames.
Mussel fishermen in the area picked up the foursome and took them back to port.
Carr said paramedics on the scene were overhead saying they were treating two of the individuals for second-degree burns. Others had singed hair and clothing.
“I was talking to them, I was helping with First Aid,” Carr added.
She said the four who were on board the boat said the engine wasn’t working properly.
“Then it was boom, and fire, and get the hell off the boat.”
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