Ten people thrown off boat on an IN lake

Ruben Ruiz
July 17, 2017

A boating accident on Lake Gage in Steuben County threw 10 people into the water, seriously injuring two of them and leaving a powerboat running out of control on the lake.

Information at the time was that there were 10 occupants ejected from the boat with 4 possible serious or near fatal injuries.

Ten people were injured after they were thrown from an out-of-control boat on an IN lake July 15.

Two people were flown by Samaritan helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center with injuries including a skull fracture and a partial lower arm amputation, conservation officers reported.

Others with less serious injuries were transported to Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola.

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

Conservation Officers were ultimately able to throw a rope around the propeller of the runaway boat, but not before it struck several passengers, a dock, and the back end of the patrol boat that police deployed to deal with the situation. Carlile managed to get hold of the boat and wrangled it, however, it stuck at a pier and rear-ended the conservation officer's patrol boat.

Dominique Effinger, 20, of Fort Wayne, was charged with boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol, conservation officers said in a statement. The move helped slow the boat to the point where Carlile could jump on and turn off the motor. He then brought the unmanned boat to a stop.

The incident remains under investigation.

Officers say alcohol was a factor in the accident. A DNR statement said an initial report to conservation officers indicated four injured, but the exact number of people injured has not been confirmed.

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