10 injured by runaway boat

Jay Anderson
July 17, 2017

A runaway boat caused property damage and injured 10 people on Lake Gage in IN on July 15.

The incident remains under investigation by conservation officers.

Photo shows Dominique Effinger. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, they said.

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

They say the boat's 20-year-old driver was speeding when she cut into a sharp turn, throwing everyone off.

According to Indiana Conservation Officers, four of the people suffered serious injuries, with one passenger suffering a fractured skull and another having the lower part of their arm amputated in the accident.

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The boat was a Correct Craft Ski Ski Nautique, according to the DNR officials, NewsChannel 15 reported.

The vessel continued circling the lake, unmanned, and was only brought under control after a rope was thrown into its propeller.

A Ski Nautique motorboat that was involved in the accident was still under power and unmanned, circling the lake at approximately 30 miles per hour.

Carlisle was eventually able to climb aboard the runaway boat and stop it before it could inflict more damage.

During the pursuit, the boat hit several other passengers, a dock, and the back end of the patrol boat that police deployed to deal with the situation according to NBC News. As it neared shore, Conservation Officer Jake Carlile threw a rope around the boat's propeller in an attempt to get it slowed down. CO Carlile was able to use a nearby personal watercraft and jump onto the runaway boat while both boats were still in motion.

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

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