EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Gary Theno, owner of Hidden Mills Marine Center in Egg Harbor Township, was killed when a boat at the facility exploded Friday, according to multiple news reports. Theno was 51.
Theno was working on his boat around 2:30 p.m. when an explosion occurred, the local NBC affiliate reports. When rescue crews arrived, the docked boat was engulfed in flames and Theno was missing.
“Crews battled the fire for over an hour, and eventually the boat sank in the shallow water, extinguishing the flames,” the report said. “New Jersey State Police Divers and Marine Services were called to the scene to search for Theno and later recovered his body completely submerged in the water next to his boat.”
Authorities are still trying to piece together the events that led up to the explosion.