10 injured by runaway boat

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

Several people were thrown from a motorboat into Lake Gage on Saturday night, injuring some seriously, and an IN conservation officer used a rope, a patrol boat and a personal watercraft to stop the unmanned boat, which was circling the lake at about 30 miles per hour, conservation officers said today. Among the 10 people injured in the incident, four were severely wounded.

Indiana Conservation Officers, Steuben County Sheriff's Department, Steuben County EMS, Orland Fire Dept., and Parkview Samaritan Helicopter responded to the scene.

Around 7:13 p.m. a 21-foot boat operated by Dominique Effinger made a violent turn and threw 10 people into the water, according to DNR Spokesman James Price. Other people who were hurt were taken to a hospital in Angola with non-life threatening injuries.

According to DNR Spokesman James Price, while the boat was seen circling at a high speed as it neared the shore, Conservation Officer Jake Carlile immediately threw a rope around the boat's propeller in order to slow down the out-of-control vehicle. Carlile was able to wrangle the boat, but it struck a pier and then rear-ended Carlile's boat. Carlile was able to use a nearby personal watercraft and jump onto the runaway boat while both boats were still in motion.

Ten people, including the driver, were injured after they were ejected from an out-of-control boat Saturday in a lake in Indiana. He then brought the motorboat to a stop. After all passengers landed in the water, the boat continued around the lake unmanned at a high speed and caused property damage and even more injuries.

The Indiana officer who finally brought an out-of-control boat to a stop said the incident shows just how risky drunken boating can be.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, they said.

The incident continues to be under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers, the news release said.

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