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Boat explosion in Florida injures family from Eastern Iowa

TAMPA, FLORIDA (KWWL) - Investigators said that six family members remain hospitalized as the result of a boat explosion and fire that burned their 33-foot cabin cruiser to the waterline near Tampa, Florida.

36-year-old Angela Meyer and 7-year-old Logan Meyer of Denver, Iowa were injured in the explosion. Both remain hospitalized.

They were visiting family in the area.

56-year-old George Meyer and his wife 54-year-old Nancy Meyer as well as 32-year-old Carrie Atherton and 32-year-old Mike Atherton were seriously injured in the blast.

On Saturday, fourteen members of an extended family that included six children, left Apollo Beach bound for Pine Key.  The vessel arrived safely and anchored on the southwest corner of the island, when shortly after noon an explosion rocked the twin-engine gasoline-powered craft, setting it afire.

Eleven family members were still on board at the time of the explosion.  Six were seriously injured including one child.  The seriously injured where airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where they presently remain hospitalized.  Four children where treated at the scene for minor injuries.  One child on board was not injured.  Also uninjured were three family members who were wading in shallow water near the boat when the explosion occurred.

35-year-old Brian Meyer, six-year-old Brook Meyer and four-year-old Abry Meyer, also of Denver, Iowa, were not seriously injured.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding 

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