People Injured After Being Ejected From Boat in Indiana

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

A number of people were injured - two seriously - and a 20-year-old Fort Wayne woman was arrested after a boating accident Saturday night on Lake Gage that left the boat speeding around the lake with no one aboard.

Effinger was initially charged with boating while intoxicated causing injury and minor in possession of alcohol.

Initial information from investigating conservation 0fficers shows that Dominique Effinger, 20 of Fort Wayne, was operating a 21-foot Correct Craft Ski Nautique on Lake Gage at a high rate of speed when the boat cut into a violent turn, ejecting all 10 occupants. Authorities say that four out of the 10 injuries are considered "serious" or "near-fatal".

One person lost an arm as a result of the crash while another has a fractured skull.

Unmanned, the motorboat circled the lake and came closer to boats and docks with each circle, the release said. Other people who were hurt were taken to a hospital in Angola with non-life threatening injuries. "I approximately guessed 20 to 30 miles per hour 20 to 25 and that's not, especially with a boat of that size, something that I could just jump on without some serious consideration".

Conservation Officer Jake Carlile was able to throw a rope from his jet ski to entangle the propeller of the runaway boat. It eventually struck a dock, then spun back to hit Carlilse's patrol boat. The boat continued at a high rate of speed, traveling unmanned around Lake Gage, causing further serious bodily injury and property damage.

The incident remains under investigation by conservation officers. 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. Once the boat slowed down, Carlile was able to jump aboard and turn the boat's engine off.

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