Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Norman helping boaters stay safe on the water

- Boaters are taking extra safety precautions this weekend after a boat exploded on Lake Norman and put two people in the intensive care unit on Monday night.

A North Carolina fish and wildlife officer told FOX 46 Charlotte that the investigation is still ongoing but they have determined it was an accident. They also narrowed down the accident to two causes. One possibility is that gas fumes collected under the cowling and the second that gas pooled in the engine compartment. Both could have been ignited by a spark in the engine and caused the explosion.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Officials at Lake Norman say this type of accident can be avoided with proper boating education.

They mainly promotes safety on the water and do free vessel safety checks. This helps boat owners know if their boat is in proper condition for the water. They check things like registration and documentation, proper ventilation of your engine, backfire flame control and much more.

They will not fine you if your boat doesn’t have all the required equipment. They give you a chance to get it all right. Doing this simple check with the Coast Guard Auxiliary will prevent you from getting a fine from law enforcement on the lake later on.

They say something like this could have prevented the boat explosion but until the full investigation is done, they just can’t say.

Another safety initiative is the "Wear It" campaign. The campaign promotes boating safety and for people to wear life vest. Even show FOX 46 Charlotte different types of vest and a new smaller and less cumbersome version.

Over all, they want boaters to be safe and know the rules.

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