LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – A boat burst into flames near the shore at Boyd Lake State Park on Friday evening but damage was minimal thanks to a quick-thinking marina employee.
Witnesses heard a loud “pop” before seeing flames rise from the boat.
Everyone on board, a father and two young boys, managed to escape but two people suffered minor burns.
The burning boat began drifting toward the docks and fuel tanks and rangers tried to put out the fire but it was too hot.
The fire spread to a canopy but that blaze was extinguished with water by first responders.
Marina employee Steve Deines jumped in a dingy and pushed the burning boat away from the marina and docks holding approximately 125 boats. The dingy also caught fire and was destroyed.
“I didn’t know if it was going to explode or what was going to happen,” Deines said. “I’ve got to keep it away from those tanks.”
“He saved the whole marina. I have no doubt this place would have gone up in flames,” witness Nancy Shepherd said. “I was amazing. He jumped and dove in the water like a James Bond movie.”
“I did what I could and it worked out for the best,” Dynas said.