Monday, July 3, 2017

Man Hospitalized after Boat Explodes


A Barling, Ark., man was hospitalized for burns and a 12-year-old boy treated for burns after their vessel exploded on Lake Tenkiller Sunday.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) Marine Enforcement Division reported Greg J. Bieker, 34, was trying to start his boat, a 21-foot, 1998 Tahoe Navigator, when the engine compartment sparked and exploded. The fire occurred at about 1:45 p.m. at the Chicken Creek Park boat ramp in Cherokee County.

Bieker was transported by Cherokee Nation EMS to Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted with burn injuries to his back and leg. The 12-year-old was also transported by Cherokee Nation EMS to Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa where he was treated and released for burn injuries to his hand and leg.

The OHP was assisted at the accident by the Cookson and Chicken Creek Fire Departments and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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