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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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  • My propeller explodes constantly on my fan boat.

    Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 5:56 pm
  • The propeller explodes on my fan boat all the time.

    Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 2:52 pm
  • I had a 4 blade warp drive on my 4 clay and it exploded lucky none of it went through my hull .

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 11:55 pm
    • use them on air craft a bunch. pretty reliable.

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 2:02 pm
  • Wood props will explode, I have seen it happen and it goes into hull acting as a brakes throwing a 260lbs guy out

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 11:23 pm
    • man over board… what kind of wood detonates? in school we would hook pencils to a charger to make them explode but that was the graphite and not the actual wood.

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1:58 pm
  • Foodforthought started celebrating 4th of July early probably with some libations. Causes vision problems & a case of know it all. Very happy all on AIR BOAT are ok. I hope the rest of their fourth of July is better for them. Bless the good samaritan for rescuing them.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 3:29 pm
    • i havent had anything to drink in as i stated props dont explode. please show me a link or a video or any proof that a prop can by itself maybe it was they way it was worded

      “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.”

      and Ive seen people hit rocks out there dislodging the set up on the air boat tearing the haul making a terrible mess and saying omg there was a loud bang and kaboom. but any how glad they are okay.

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:39 pm
      • Just for clarification, the term “exploded” was used by officials in their media release. That is why we placed the term in quotations.

        Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:47 pm
  • maybe he should hire a boat mechanic and not do his own repairs ,,, just sayin.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 2:54 pm
  • That is true for most inboard/outboard type motors. This was an acrobat where the prop is above the water line.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 2:19 pm
    • Airboat.

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 2:57 pm
    • He flies thru the air with the greatest of ease, the man on his flying trapeze = =acrobat, lol AIRBOAT!

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 4:29 pm
  • Isn’t their seat belts on the airboat

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:32 pm
  • years of working on boats and working in that specific area props dont explode. they can snap off or get dents etc. that area has many rocks and low level ground depending on tide. considering the person was ejected in such an event gives me a clear picture of what happened. dont worry folks you dont have to worry about shaft drive props io drive props or outboard props exploding. In the years I worked in that area I personally witnessed hundreds of people damage props on the rocks and low tide sand outside the channel markers right there in hudson. Thats b.o.a.t. . Break out another thousand.. thankfully they were all ok.

    Monday, 3 July 2017, 12:31 pm
    • What on earth are you rambling about? It was an AIR BOAT not an outboard.

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 1:20 pm
      • i didnt say it was an outboard. what are you rambling about ?

        Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:22 pm
    • Read again. It was an air boat

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 2:15 pm
    • If you would have read the description, you would have noticed this is an air-boat, not a regular In or outboard motor. An explosion sent the fan through the flexible haul, this boat does not have a prop. Your years of working on boats???

      Monday, 3 July 2017, 2:15 pm
      • when i first went on the story stated…

        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.”

        props dont explode. engines can explode and btw an airboat is still a boat. when you order a replacement part it is considered a fan blade prop. still a propeller anything else? also ive seen airboats hit rocks out there and people go flying and it tear a hole in the haul.

        Monday, 3 July 2017, 5:30 pm

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