An explosion on a boat that was sailing a Huntington Harbour channel left five people with injuries. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the recreational boat was sailing in the main channel of Huntington Harbour the afternoon of Nov. 1 when the explosion occurred.
Blast and Injuries
Neighbors said they heard the loud explosion out of the back of a 30- to 32-foot boat sailing by in the channel. They also said they saw smoke and heard people screaming.
All the people aboard the boat were able to get off and swim to safety. Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials who patrol the harbor said five people were injured in the explosion including three adults and two minors.
Another adult was on the boat but not injured. All were taken to nearby hospitals. But their current condition is not known. They are all expected to survive. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by this incident. We are relieved to hear that there were no life-threatening injuries. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
What Caused This Explosion?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this explosion. There are a number of unanswered questions here. Who owned the boat? Who were the people on the boat? What caused the blast? Was there some type of product defect or mechanical malfunction in the boat that caused the explosion? We trust the investigation will reveal what occurred here and why.
In such cases, a number of potential parties may be held liable for the injuries and damages caused including the boat’s owner, operator, etc. In addition, if the explosion was caused by a boat defect, the boat manufacturer and/or manufacturer of a defective part may also be held liable. Injured victims may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to advise them regarding their legal rights and options.