Teen seriously injured in Lake Lanier boat explosion released from hospital

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — A 16-year-old girl who was badly burned in a boat explosion on Lake Lanier nearly two months ago has been released from the hospital.

Taylor Coleman and her family were on a boat near the Margaritaville Resort on May 9 when the boat ignited during a pit stop for gas.

This comes just days after Taylor took her first steps since the accident. Earlier this week, her mother shared on a Facebook page meant to provide updates that Taylor walked three feet on Friday, and then 120 feet on Monday.

Family said that earlier in the week Taylor set a “go home” date of Friday for herself, and she made it.


Taylor and her brother, 13-year-old Gunner, were hospitalized with serious burns. Their youngest brother and their parents also sustained minor injuries.

Gunner was released from the hospital at the end of May.

Taylor suffered extensive burns to her legs, arms, feet and stomach, and had several surgeries.

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A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.