People Injured in Boating Accident on Lake Gage

People Injured in Boating Accident on Lake Gage

People Injured in Boating Accident on Lake Gage

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.

Indiana Conservation Officers, Steuben County Sheriff's Department, Steuben County EMS, Orland Fire Dept., and Parkview Samaritan Helicopter responded to the scene.

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

Dominique Effinger, 20, from Fort Wayne, who was driving the boat was arrested for being intoxicated and causing injury.

Investigators say the boat's 20-year-old operator was speeding when she cut into a sharp turn, throwing everyone off.

Alcohol was found to be a factor in the accident, conservation officers said in a news release.

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Conservation officers are continuing to investigate the accident, their report said.

Two people were airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital - one with a skull fracture and another with a partial lower arm amputation. Other injured people were taken to Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola for treatment of less serious injuries.

Conservation Officer Jake Carlile launched a Department of Natural Resources patrol boat as county sheriff's deputies urged residents to move their boats and clear the area, the statement said. He took control of the unmanned boat and bring it to a stop, preventing any further injuries and damage.

The boat was a Correct Craft Ski Ski Nautique, according to the DNR officials, NewsChannel 15 reported. It continues on, hitting another dock before hitting the patrol boat. Carlile was able to use a nearby personal watercraft and jump onto the runaway boat while both boats were still in motion. The boat reportedly then continued circling in the lake at about 30 miles per hour without anyone aboard.

The boat was only stopped when Conservation Officers were able to throw a rope around the propeller of the runaway boat.

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