- Jan 1, 2000
Just out on the lake. Saw a large black smoke plume started heading that way because I recognize a fuel fire when I see it. Chatter on the radio was way up and when I heard TowBoatUS on scene and I understood first responders on scene I aborted and headed back. Turns out a 40 foot or so Carver blew up at the gas dock Margaritaville (Lake Lanier Islands gas dock). Press reporting 2 teens life flighted to Grady with severe burns, another adult taken by ambulance. Explosion also caught a PWC on fire which then drifted and caught another dock on fire. According to other reports the smell of gasoline was strong, and the skipper warned, but he started up anyway. I have no way to confirm that other than social media reports.