Ten people were thrown overboard during a terrifying boat ride on an Indiana Lake over the weekend including the driver.
Around 7:13 p.m. a 21-foot boat operated by Dominique Effinger made a violent turn and threw 10 people into the water, according to DNR Spokesman James Price. The boat continued to travel around Lake Gage, causing property damage and serious injuries, according to police. One person was believed to have a skull fracture and another a partial amputation of their lower arm. The initial information indicated 10 people had been ejected from a boat and four had serious or near-fatal injuries, conservation officers reported.
When they arrived, they found several seriously injured people had been taken to shore by other boaters so EMS and fire units could treat them, the report said. 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. Carlile was able to use a nearby personal watercraft and jump onto the runaway boat while both boats were still in motion.
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. According to the DNR, conservation Officer Jake Carlile said the boat was eventually stopped after he threw a rope from his patrol boat onto the runaway boat's propeller.
Domonique Effinger was arrested for boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol. But the runaway boat struck a dock, changed direction and hit the rear of Carlile's patrol boat, disabling the DNR boat's engine.
The incident continues to be under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers, the news release said. Its impact with the patrol boat slows it down enough for an officer to hop aboard and bring it to a stop.