A jet ski accident has left a Lee's Summit man with serious burns, and the owner looks back on the weekend's events as a painful lesson on the volatility of gasoline.
Mike Ferry's Sea-Doo that exploded Saturday afternoon on the 69-mile mark in Lick Creek Cove in Camden County, MO, sits in his Overland Park driveway, showing no signs of the explosion that burned his daughter, her boyfriend and a 60-year-old Lee's Summit man who was helping the pair get the jet ski started.
Ferry said the pair were at the fueling dock. What follows is his account.
The attendant, he said, mistook the oil tank for the fuel tank and spilled fuel into the hull when the nozzle didn't fit. After realizing the mistake, she filled the correct tank.
Neither his daughter, 19-year-old Sarah Ferry, or her boyfriend, Blake Samskey, realized how much fuel had spilled or what kind of danger the fuel presented. They were trying to get the jet ski started when 60-year-old Ronald Dodson, of Lee's Summit, pulled up to fuel his jet ski and offered to help get it started.
He opened the seat to check the spark plug connections, then told Ferry to give the ignition a try. That's when the flames burned all three of them. Sarah's burns were minor, he said. Blake is blistered from his shoulder to his elbow. Ronald Dodson was hurt the worst. Staff at the hospital in Osage Beach had him transferred by helicopter to a burn unit in Columbia, MO.
Amber Jenkins, Dodson's daughter, told KCTV5 on Sunday that his burns are extensive: no hair, no eyebrows, burns from the waist up. She was cheerful and upbeat, however, pleased to report they were second-degree burns and that doctors planned to release him Monday.
Jenkins was concerned about the teens. Ferry was concerned about Jenkins' dad. Both were relieved to learn that all would come through.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg said no citations were issued. He said there were six watercraft accidents over the holiday weekend, with four injuries, none of them life-threatening.
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