Boaters jump to safety when boat starts on fire on Lake Minnetonka

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A boat went up in flames on Lake Minnetonka Saturday evening, forcing the people on board to jump to safety.

Elizabeth Wright, who was on a boat about 15-20 feet away, told BringMeTheNews that people, believed to be teenagers, were on the boat that was traveling "at most 10 mph" when the platform on the back "blew up," sending the two pads "sky high."

Wright said they started screaming for the teens to jump, and when they finally did someone on a jet ski picked them up and dragged them to her boat, where they waited until the sheriff arrived.

The boat ended up sinking, reports note.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department received numerous calls about the boat fire, KARE 11 says.

No injuries were reported, WCCO notes. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. near Bohns Point, reports note.

More photos:

Next Up

Related

Boaters go storming back to Lake Minnetonka

As the boat season peaks this July 4th, local businesses are embracing an influx in boats on Lake Minnetonka after a battered economy and escalating gas prices put a dent in one of Minnesota's biggest industries. The DNR tells the Star Tribune that boater registrations more than doubled between 2009 and 2011.