Man rescued by first responders following boat explosion in Islip
Police say a man had to be pulled from the wreckage of a boat after an explosion in Islip.
According to police, Scott Murray, 44, of Islip, was injured in an explosion on a sailboat that was secured to a dock in Islip Canal located on Main Street around 10:13 p.m.
Police responded to the scene, where there was a strange odor of gas.
A nearby boat owner, Gus, told News 12 he noticed his friend's sailboat explode.
"I could tell it had to be a propane leak," he says. "I called it in immediately, grabbed extinguishers. Once I went in, I heard him screaming."
Police boarded the vessel to locate the source and search for any victims, and were able to find, disable, and secure a leaking propane tank.
According to the Islip Fire Department's Facebook page, the fire went out by itself, and Murray was trapped in the cabin underneath debris.
Officers located the victim in the wreckage, and he was able to be carried safely to shore.
Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau, Town of Islip HAZMAT team, the US Coast Guard, Islip Fire Department and Exchange Ambulance of the Islip, also responded to the scene.
Murray was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of not life-threatening injuries. He is in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital.
Family members told News 12 off camera that Murray suffered burns
A preliminary investigation has determined the cause of the incident does not appear to be criminal in nature.