A woman was rushed to the University of Louisville Hospital on Thursday afternoon after a yacht caught fire and exploded in the Marina of the Rose Island Yacht Club in Prospect. Randy Powell, who owns R&R Marine, and a friend had gone to the marina to assist the owners in filling the gas tank of their yacht, named Carver Cruiser. As they were working, the engine stalled. When they restarted the engine, it exploded.
Powell, his friend, and the two owners were able to get off the yacht before it was completely engulfed in flames, but not before Powell’s friend, Melissa Hall, severely injured her foot. Powell explained: “Her ankle was severed completely. It was just skin and ligaments holding it … .”
The North Oldham and Harrod’s Creek Fire Departments responded to the situation and, luckily, were able to put out the fire in about an hour. There was only minor property damage to the other yachts and dock, because the passengers pushed the burning yacht away from the dock to keep it from spreading.
Hall is in satisfactory condition at the University Hospital and is believed to make a full recovery.