Marina owner killed in boat explosion

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A New Jersey marina owner was killed last Friday afternoon when his 30-foot powerboat boat exploded, caught fire and sank.

Gary Theno, 51, owner of the Hidden Mill Marine Center in Egg Harbor Township, was at his facility when the boat exploded at about 2:30 p.m., state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones told The Press of Atlantic City. His body was recovered at about 5:30 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m.

The victim might have been working on the boat or on a nearby dock when the explosion took place, Jones said.

Great Egg Harbor River Watershed Association administrator Fred Akers sat with Theno for several years on the river council of the Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River.

"He had a lot to say about the river and the environment," Akers. "That was his business and his livelihood."

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