Ten people thrown off boat on an IN lake

Ten people thrown off boat on an IN lake

Almost a dozen people were ejected from a boat that started spinning out of control at a lake in Indiana.

The DNR reported 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 of the boat.

Carlile was able to toss a rope into the water and entangle the runaway boat's propellor, according to the press release.

A minor was charged with boating while intoxicated after a runaway boat injured 10 people in IN over the weekend.

Domonique Effinger was arrested for boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Among the 10 people injured in the incident, four were severely wounded.

Two passengers, one with a skull fracture and the other who needs a lower arm amputation, were flown to the hospital. The boat continued at a high rate of speed, traveling unmanned around Lake Gage, causing further serious bodily injury and property damage. 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 sheriff's deputies urged residents to move their boats and clear the area, the release said. 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 boat is seen hitting a pier before striking another boat on its way.

An Indiana conservation officer was eventually able to jump on to the boat and stop it.

Sabrina Minser, who provided an eyewitness account of the incident, told 24-Hour News 8's sister station NewsChannel 15 that her husband escorted a paramedic out onto the water via a jet ski.