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Shocking moment boat is consumed by flames after exploding at Illinois marina 

Fifteen people are injured when 30-foot boat becomes engulfed in flames after exploding in Illinois marina

  • Footage shows a 30-foot ship completely engulfed in flames after its engine exploded at the Spring Brook Marina in Seneca, Illinois at around 4.26pm
  • Illinois Conservation Police said several families were on board the ship and were about to head out to the water when it exploded
  • It was apparently having engine problems at the time, and the crew went to the marina to refuel
  • When they tried restarting the engine, there was an explosion
  • Thirteen people on board the ship were transported to local hospitals and another was airlifted to a hospital with ‘serious injuries’
  • A marina employee was also hurt in the explosion with non-life threatening injuries 

Shocking footage shows a 30-foot ship completely engulfed in flames after its engine exploded at an Illinois marina on Saturday, while 17 people were on board.

The Illinois State Conservation Police said several families were on board the boat, about to get ready to head out on the water, when the ship exploded at the Spring Brook Marina in Seneca, Illinois at around 4.26pm.

The ship was apparently having engine problems at the time, and went to the marina to refuel, ABC 7 reports. But after refueling, the families tried to restart the engine, when there was an explosion, according to Sgt. Phillip Wire.

In the aftermath, 13 people on board the ship were transported to local hospitals – and another was airlifted to an area hospital with ‘serious injuries.’

A marina employee working in the area was also injured, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The victims ranged in age from ‘youths’ to adults, ABC 7 reports. 

Photos from Jeanette Hudson, an aerial photographer for the network, show the ship was still submerged as of Saturday night. 

Video posted online shows a 30-foot ship completely engulfed in flames following an engine explosion at around 4.30pm on Saturday

Witnesses described how they heard a large boom before they saw the black smoke

Witnesses described how they heard a large boom before they saw the black smoke

Fourteen people on board the ship were injured - one seriously - as another dock worker sustained non-life threatening injuries

Fourteen people on board the ship were injured – one seriously – as another dock worker sustained non-life threatening injuries

Photos from Jeanette Hudson show the ship remained submerged as of Saturday night

Photos from Jeanette Hudson show the ship remained submerged as of Saturday night

Witnesses near the dock said they first heard an explosion around 4.30pm, before they saw flames and heavy smoke emanating from the boat.

‘We were at the pool, kids were swimming,’ Stephanie Manzello told FOX 32, adding that she was startled by a sudden noise.

‘We just heard a loud boom, and we looked around.

‘It’s Memorial Day weekend, we thought maybe it was just fireworks,’ she said.

‘About 30 seconds later, that’ when we saw gray smoke turn to black smoke.

‘It was only a few minutes later we started hearing sirens.’

Photos showed the ship still submerged at the Spring Brook Marina on Saturday night

Photos showed the ship still submerged at the Spring Brook Marina on Saturday night

Crews tried to contain an oil spill from the ship, and plan to return to the scene on Sunday

Crews tried to contain an oil spill from the ship, and plan to return to the scene on Sunday

Both local and state agencies responded to the scene to help, including the Seneca Police Department, the Seneca Fire Department, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

But the ship remained submerged over night, as officers worked to contain a fuel spill. They now plan to be back at the scene on Sunday to continue to remove the remains of the boat.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is now investigating the incident. 

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