LAKE OF THE OZARKS − Multiple people were injured in a boat explosion at Sunrise Beach, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

Troop F Cpl. Kyle Green says the explosion occurred around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday near the 10.5 mile marker at the Malachai Point Cove.

MSHP: 5 seriously injured in boat explosion at Sunrise Beach

Six people were aboard the boat and all are accounted for, according to a MSHP boat incident report.

  • A 2-year-old from Gretna, Nebraska faces minor injuries. They were taken to Lake Regional by personal transportation. 
  • A 12-year-old from Gretna, Nebraska faces serious injuries. They were taken to Lake Regional by ambulance. 
  • A 16-year-old from Elkhorn, Nebraska faces serious injuries. They were life flighted to University Hospital. 
  • Brad Vanwinkle, 39, of Gretna, Nebraska, faces serious injuries. He was life flighted to University Hospital. 
  • Kari Hohenstein, 46, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, faces serious injuries. She was transported to Lake Regional by ambulance. 
  • Driver James Hohenstein, 47, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, faces serious injuries. He was transported to Lake Regional by ambulance. 

The explosion occurred because the vessel suffered a mechanical problem causing a fuel related fire, according to Troop F.

Fire Chief of Sunrise Beach Joseph LaPlant and his team were there to help with the rescue.

"A situation like that when you've got a lot of patients you do a rapid assessment of everybody you've got there to determine who has the worse injuries and you start treatin' 'em in the order of severe to less severe to have the best probability of recovery," LaPlant said. 

He broke down the scene.

"Everybody had already swam to their dock and gotten out of the water so we didn't recover anybody from the water. They had all self-recovered from the water, however, we had two helicopters as I said that flew two of the patients out and then the ground ambulance let us transport the rest."