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Boat explosion linked to propane tank

A 78-year-old Sequim man injured in a Tuesday afternoon explosion that destroyed his boat moored in John Wayne Marina in Sequim, Wash., remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after he was treated for serious wounds and back injuries.

The owner of the 38-foot William Garden-design wooden diesel yacht names Escale was apparently installing a new 15-gallon propane tank when the explosion occurred, the marina harbormaster told the Peninsula Daily News.

“It’s on the bottom,” the harbormaster said of the boat’s hull, a view of which was obstructed by floating debris — everything from floats to a bar stool.

Click here for the full report with photo of the debris field.