Teenager saves grandfather following boat fire in Lake Guntersville

A man says his grandson saved him after Friday’s boat fire on Lake Guntersville.

Fire officials say it happened near the causeway bridge on Highway 69.

The man and the teenager had recently changed their boat’s battery and tried cranking the engine.

At that point, an explosion caused the fire. The force knocked off the older man’s glasses and caused his hearing aide to fall out of his ear.

Don Stewart tells WAFF-TV that if not for Noah Hilburn, he might not have survived this ordeal.

Stewart had a hard time keeping his head above water when they jumped in the lake. Hilburn, however, pulled him to shore.

Hiburn has received treatment at a hospital for some burns from the explosion.