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Sailor Hurt in Boat Blast at Grand Marina

On Thursday, Feb. 7, Josh Sailer, 30, was badly burned aboard a Newport-28 sailboat from what appears to be an on-board explosion.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the Nevada native was living on the boat, at least part time, and had done so for the past two years, while also working in construction.

Sailer suffered burns on about 20% of his body, mainly to the hands and knees, but not to the eyes or lungs, according to Mardy Valentine of Grand Marina, who spoke with Latitude 38. He was flown by helicopter to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

His brother, Jacob, said the galley stove was the likely source of the explosion. It wasn’t clear if the stove was powered by propane or alcohol.

At the time of the blast, Andy McKinley, a former harbormaster at the marina who now works at a nearby canvas shop, said more than a dozen people helped extinguish the blast.

The Alameda Fire Department is investigating the incident.

Janet Levaux