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Boat Fire in Jackson County Proves Fatal

JULY 19, 2004 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CDT

 

JACKSONPORT, AR - Officials say a 70-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after he was burned while repairing the engine of his boat on the White River.

Oliver Jackson was working on the motor when a spark triggered flames that burned him on his head, arms and legs.  His wife told authorities the two jumped from the boat into the river.  A passing boater came to their aid, but Jackson had died.

Investigators have ruled the death an accident.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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