LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Just because you’re surrounded by water doesn’t mean you don’t need a fire extinguisher. A Lake of the Ozarks boater had need of his on Monday afternoon, when his 29-foot Sea Ray caught fire. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mitchell Lampe was driving a 2007 Sea Ray around the 23 Mile Marker of the Lake when an alarm began to sound on the boat. When Lampe checked the engine, the Patrol says he found flames. Lampe used his onboard fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

Per Missouri law, Class 2 (26+ feet) and larger boats are required to carry two B-I or one B-II type fire extinguishers on board. Boats shorter than 26 feet are only required to carry a single B-I fire extinguisher.

There were no injuries as a result of Monday’s fire, and the boat—having sustained some damage—was towed to the owner’s dock. Not a great way to end a day on the Lake, but it could have been far worse.

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