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Shasta Lake

A lone boat navigates the waters of nearly empty Lake Shasta on the last day of 2018.

SHASTA LAKE — Three Klamath Falls residents escaped without major injury after their motorboat exploded on July 4 on Lake Shasta.

According to police, Bryce Balan, 26, along with his wife Kristen Balin, 26, and Jared Aguiar, 27, had been camping at the Arbuckle Flat Campground and went to fuel up their vessel at the Silverthorn Resort gas pumps.

At 6:45 p.m., as the custom-built 1985 boat was backing up from the dock, police said the vessel exploded and threw all three people into the lake.

One of the men reported they’d been tossed 15 feet into the air before landing in the water, said Shasta County Sheriff Boating Safety Unit Officer Jim Lindquist.

“It sounds pretty much like it was just one big boom and the fuel tank remained intact, which kept the fire from spreading everywhere,” said Lindquist. “They were very lucky that their injuries weren’t more severe.”

Dock workers at Silverthorn rescued the couple and their friend from the water and extinguished the fire.