State News

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

Posted December 11, 2008 6:51 a.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2008 12:34 p.m. EST

— 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.