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Fines levied in boat explosion that killed N.C. State student

Posted December 11, 2008

— State labor officials have fined a Lake Norman marina and charter service for an explosion that killed a 19-year-old worker in June.

The Labor Department last month fined Westport Marina $1,750 and Championship Yacht Charters $2,800.

The department said the marina had improper gasoline dispensing nozzles and electrical equipment and the charter service failed to turn off the boat's engines during refueling.

Nathan Coppick, a North Carolina State University student, was killed while refueling the charter boat Championship II. Coppick's estate has sued the marina and the charter service.


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  • doubletap357 Dec 11, 2008

    Crewmax, tou have a point as far as the liability of the marinas fueling equipement. If the equipement was inspected and certified.

  • CrewMax Dec 11, 2008

    I looked at it totally opposite. I would hae thought that the agency in charge of certifying the equipment (department of agriculture?) would have some involvement - or maybe the fire chief. Too bad aot the young man, no matter who has liability.

  • doubletap357 Dec 11, 2008

    No, but I was given to understand that it was the victim who was doing the refueling and therefore was in charge of the refueling operation. It was his resposiblity to make certain that the engine was not running, all electrical equipement was off, no smoking was taking place nearby and that the engine compartment was ventilated.

  • snidelyputz Dec 11, 2008

    doubletap do you refuel your car with the engine running?

  • doubletap357 Dec 11, 2008

    I can understand the responsiblities of the marina for having improper equipement but I'm not certain why the charter boat company should be held responsible.