Boat exploded at Homosassa Riverside Resort and the boat operater was airlifted for treatment

HOMOSASSA, FL - The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says a 60-year-old man was injured and had to be airlifted for treatment after his boat exploded around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Firefighters arrived at the Homosassa Riverside Resort off Cherokee Way and found a 20-foot, center console, outboard boat engulfed in flames.

The vessel was located in a canal directly behind the launch ramp. 

The boat operator was treated by Nature Coast EMS Medic Unit on scene, then airlifted for further medical treatment. 

Florida Wildlife Commission, Florida State Fire Marshal and Citrus County Sheriff's Office are investigating to find out the cause of the explosion.

The boat is a total loss.

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