Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Multiple Injuries in Out-of-Control Boat Accident on Indiana Lake

Multiple Injuries in Out-of-Control Boat Accident on Indiana Lake

Local residents used their boats to carry several seriously injured people to the shore in order for EMS and fire units to tend to their injuries.

Ten people were hurt over the weekend after they were thrown from a boat after being hit by another that was out-of-control, while on Indiana's Lake Gage on Saturday night. According to the press release, four of the passengers sustained serious or near fatal injuries.

Two people reportedly were flown to a hospital with injuries, including a skull fracture and a partial lower-arm amputation.

Video of his daring actions showed the boat going in circles at a high rate of speed, crashing first into a dock, then into the officer's boat. Two of them were airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital while others were admitted to a hospital in Angola with non-life threatening injuries, according to DNR officials, WHTC in MI reported.

The boat continued pushing forward around 30 m.p.h. even after it was unmanned.

According to the DNR, Carlile was able to throw a rope from his patrol boat to entangle the propeller of the runaway boat.

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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.

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. The boat rammed a dock, then a patrol boat with two conservation officers on board.

Effinger was arrested and charged the 20-year-old was charged with Boating While Intoxicated and possessing alcohol as a minor.

His boat became disabled, but Carlile was able to use another boat to eventually get into the unmanned boat and stop it.

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

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