Woman blown off boat during explosion on NC lake

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SHERILLS FORD, NC (WBTV) — A woman had to be airlifted with serious burns after she was reportedly blown off a boat when it caught fire on Lake Norman Monday.

According to officials, the incident happened in the Sherrills Ford area of the lake, near the Slanting Bridge access area.

Five people were reportedly on the boat, which had just left shore, when it caught fire around 5 p.m. Monday.

According to witnesses, four people were seen jumping from the boat before it reportedly exploded. A fifth person, a woman, was blown off the boat.

Two boats of North Carolina Wildlife officers were nearby and saw the explosion. They were able to get to the people in the water and pull them out.

They say the woman who had been blown off the boat was starting to sink into the water when they grabbed her. She was having trouble breathing and was badly burned.

A medical helicopter was called to rush her to the hospital. One other person was taken to the hospital with burns, the other three were uninjured.

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