PHOTOS: Boater safe after fire, explosion on Lake Hartwell - FOX Carolina 21

PHOTOS: Boater safe after fire, explosion on Lake Hartwell

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Boat fire on Lake Hartwell (Source: Hart County Animal Rescue) Boat fire on Lake Hartwell (Source: Hart County Animal Rescue)
HARTWELL, GA (FOX Carolina) -

Hart County Animal Rescue said one of its volunteers is safe after a boat explosion on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the animal rescue said one of their volunteers recently had the fuel pump replaced on his boat. While on Lake Hartwell near Elrod Ferry, smoke and flames started showing.

SLIDESHOW: Boat fire on Lake Hartwell

The volunteer jumped out of the boat and was able to swim to safety. The animal rescue said other boaters threw him a life preserver. He lost his cell phone and wallet in the fire, but was uninjured.

The Hart County Fire Department confirmed they were called to a boat fire on Sunday and the boat was declared a total loss.

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