Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was killed during a boat explosion Wednesday at the Manhasset Bay Marina, authorities said.
The boat owner and a passenger were aboard a 33-foot Carver at Matinecock Avenue when the vessel exploded at 2:49 p.m. and burst into flames, said Det. Lt. John Azzata of the Nassau police homicide squad.
The force of the explosion threw the victim into the water and he sustained fatal injuries, police said. The passenger jumped into the water and survived the boat explosion.
Two dock workers at the pump escaped the fiery explosion, but police said a third dock worker went on a boat and shoved the burning vessel away from the dock, sustaining burns to both his arms and face. He was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday night.
“A Good Samaritan comes along and pushes the boat away,” said Michael F. Uttaro, Nassau County assistant chief fire marshal.
The boat drifted into an adjoining dock, setting it on fire and damaging two other boats, police said.
According to some authorities, the boat was then towed toward open water by the dock worker, where it was engulfed In flames in Manhasset Bay, reports Newsday.
The boat owner, Bob Hogan, a retired NYPD captain as well as former mayor of Plandome Manor, was a former New York City air traffic commissioner for the transportation department and a decades-long member of the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, said Brian Coughlan, the society’s band master. Records indicate Hogan was 74-years-old.
“He was a Renaissance man,” Coughlan said. “He had a lot of different interests and he excelled in all of them. It’s a terrible loss not just to the band but for the guys who will never have the opportunity to know him.”
The cause of the explosion was unknown Wednesday night.