Three People Lucky to Be Alive After Airboat Propeller “Explodes”
HUDSON – A close call for three people aboard an airboat yesterday, after an explosion caused the propeller to break free and cut through the hull of the vessel.
According to officials, Darrell Sedilko jr. his 9-year-old daughter and Casandra Miller were traveling in the area of Signal Cove and Hudson Beach when the propeller “exploded.” Due to the catastrophic failure, the boat suddenly decelerated and ejected Sedilko into the water. Officials say the vessel continued forward and ran over Sedilko before coming to a stop. Sedilko’s daughter was propelled into the seat in front of her and struck her torso. Surprisingly, all three occupants were not injured but the boat was beginning to take on water. Within minutes of the incident, a Good Samaritan picked up victims and brought them to shore.Ginger Gilman witnessed the incident while she was mowing a friend’s lawn on Beverly Drive. Gilman says she saw what appeared to be a small fishing boat strike a sandbar and watched as several people rushed to their aid.
None of the three occupants were transported for medical treatment.
There is no word on what caused the propeller to explode.
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