• June 07, 2017

David Martin, Jonathan Bickett, Kendrick Schwarz Injured in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, Accident

Ocean Isle Beach, NC -- June 2, 2017, David Martin Jr., Jonathan Bickett, and Kendrick Schwarz were injured after an accident involving an explosion.

Investigating authorities responded to a dock in the Ocean Isle Beach area where the incident occurred. It happened at a refueling station.

Preliminary investigations have indicated that 40-year-old Martin, 35-year-old Bickett, and 24-year-old Schwarz were refueling a motorboat at the dock. It was stated that they accidentally put the fuel pump into a hole meant for holding fishing poles. As a result, nearly 28 gallons of fuel spilled into the water around the boat.

A bystander noticed this, and warned the men not to start the engine. Reports say one of them tried to unhook the battery, which caused a spark. This ignited the fumes, and an explosion occurred which engulfed the boat in flames.

The three men sustained burn-related injuries as a result and were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. They were said to be in stable condition.

At this time, authorities have not released any additional details.

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