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DNR: Three hurt in Michigan City when boat explodes

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Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boat explosion on Friday across from the U.S. Coast Guard station on Trail Creek in Michigan City.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, at 2:30 p.m. three workers with the Michigan City Port Authority were retrieving swim buoys from the lakefront for winter storage when their boat exploded.

Alden Hopper, 65, Timothy Frame, 55, and Daniel Hoepf, 34, all Michigan City residents, were ejected from the boat into the water, the DNR said, and subsequently transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The three were all wearing USCG-approved lifejackets at the time of the explosion, the DNR added. “The lifejackets worn by each crew member were a positive contributing factor in the rescue efforts following the explosion.”

The cause of the explosion remained undetermined.


Posted 9/18/2017




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