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

police tape, crime scene

Man and woman, aged 55 and 62, found dead in their home

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Gov. Tim Walz

Walz: COVID-19 guidance for Christmas likely to be similar to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving featured a ban on social gatherings with non-household members.

CCI 3

Mall of America is offering a virtual Santa experience this year

People can virtually tour Santa's Candy Cane Institute.

PD Shimmers 4

Annual guide to finding holiday lights displays in MN is released

More than 80 holiday displays are on this year's list.

duluth police department

Duluth police officer charged in September shooting

The officer, who is a five-year veteran, is charged with two felonies.

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 1.31.42 PM

Enbridge gets final approval to start construction on Line 3 replacement

The project has attracted criticism from environmental and tribal groups.

Kirk Cousins

Is it a 4-team race for the final NFC playoff spot?

The key for Minnesota likely requires winning on the road against two top NFC teams.

coronavirus

Nov. 30 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations reach new high mark

There are fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available in Minnesota.

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.