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Local ties to Florida boat explosion


by Danielle Wagner

DENVER (KWWL) There are still a lot of unanswered questions after a boat explosion Saturday in Florida which left six of the 14 people on board seriously injured.

The boat belongs to George and Nancy Meyer, formerly of Cedar Falls, who retired a few years ago to Florida. The Meyers' three children, in-laws and grandchildren were all on the boat.

Five of the people on board were Brian, Angela, Logan, Brooks and Abry Meyer from Denver. Logan is a first grader and Brooks is a kindergartener at Denver Elementary School.

"From the very little information we have at this point we're doing everything we can to make sure we're providing the emotional support necessary for students," said Denver Elementary Principal Kim Tierney.

Tierney said from the limited information she has. she's optimistic everyone in the Meyer family from Denver will recover from the accident.

56-year-old George Meyer and 54-year-old Nancy Meyer were more seriously injured.

Before moving to Florida, Nancy worked as a secretary and youth minister at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls.

Father Jim Secora said Nancy was really the face of the parish.

"Nancy was exceedingly helpful to me when I came to the parish because she was a native of the parish and also had worked at the parish for so long. For me learning the history of the parish and the dynamic of the parish, Nancy was really invaluable," he said.

Father Secora said about a year ago he was happy to write a letter of recommendation for Nancy to work at a parish in Florida. He and other friends of the entire Meyer family are hoping and praying for the best.

An account for the family is already set up at Veridian Credit Union. It's called the "Brian Meyer Family Benefit Account." Uou can make a deposit at any Veridian location.

Florida investigators hope to have more information on the cause of the explosion later this week.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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