Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Boat runs wild after 10 injured in crash

Boat runs wild after 10 injured in crash

Ten people, including the driver, were injured after they were ejected from an out-of-control boat Saturday in a lake in Indiana.

According to investigators, Dominique Effinger, 20, of Fort Wayne, was operating the Ski Nautique at a high rate of speed when the boat made a violent turn, ejecting all 10 occupants of the boat.

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. According to the press release, four of the passengers sustained serious or near fatal injuries. 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 at a high rate of speed, traveling unmanned around Lake Gage, causing further serious bodily injury and property damage.

Conservation Officer Jake Carlile launched a DNR Boston Whaler patrol boat as Steuben County Sheriff's Deputies alerted residents on the shore to move their docked boats and clear the area as the unmanned boat circled by the shoreline at speed, getting closer to boats and docks with each pass.

A 20-year-old Fort Wayne woman was arrested Saturday evening for boating while intoxicated, according to Indiana DNR Law Enforcement.

His boat became disabled, but Carlile was able to use another boat to eventually get into the unmanned boat and stop it. But the runaway boat struck a dock, changed direction and hit the rear of Carlile's patrol boat, disabling the DNR boat's engine. A DNR statement said an initial report to conservation officers indicated four injured, but the exact number of people injured has not been confirmed.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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