PRESS RELEASE: Boat Accident (explosion) on Saturday 8/12

Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Mohave County Sheriff’s Waterways deputies responded to a single boat accident with injuries at Windsor Beach State Park early Saturday (8/12) afternoon. Approximately 12:08 p.m., deputies responded to a boat explosion that occurred in the no wake zone of South Windsor Beach. Four people were onboard the 21-foot 1989 Cole boat. Lake Havasu Fire Department was on the scene. Dale Leon Nichols, 78, of Avondale, Arizona, was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center with second-degree burns. On Sunday (8/13), Dale was transported to a burn center in Phoenix. The operator of the boat, Dean Nichols, 56, of Lancaster, California, was treated at the scene. The other two passengers were uninjured.

Investigations determined that gasoline fumes had built up when the boat engine backfired and started a fire. The boat operator extinguished the engine compartment fire with two onboard fire extinguishers. This accident remains under investigation.