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Man burned while trying to repair disabled boat

A man was burned this weekend while attempting to get his boat restarted near the Newport Harbor entrance, officials said.

The man, 22, was on a 40-foot power boat when it became disabled about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, said Sgt. David Ginther of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol.

“The subject began checking on the engine,” Ginther said. When he opened the panel to the radiator, he was sprayed with scalding water that burned the middle and left side of his back. Online sheriff’s logs indicate the man sustained second-degree burns.

Harbor Patrol officers transported the man to their emergency dock at 1901 Bayside Drive, where Newport Beach Fire Department medics were waiting. The man was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where the Grossman Burn Center is located, said Jennifer Schulz, a Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman.


It was unclear whether the boat was towed by sheriff’s officials or restarted and moved by others, Ginther said.

This story was reported by Amy Senk of Corona del Mar Today.