Runaway boat throws passengers before heroic officer jumps in to stop it

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

A boat spinning out of control with no one at the wheel - that's what conservation officers say happened Saturday after a drunk driver lost control on Lake Gage in Steuben County.

According to WTHR, the boat threw its ten passengers after speeding into a violent turn.

She was arrested, accused of boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Effinger was later released on bond from the Steuben County Jail, according to Indiana DNR Law Enforcement, NBC News reported. Among the 10 people injured in the incident, four were severely wounded.

Two people were airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital - one with a skull fracture and another with a partial lower arm amputation. The boat's wild tear was captured on cellphone video. The boat strikes a pier before striking a boat. 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 rope slowed the motorboat, the statement said, and Carlile used a nearby personal watercraft to jump onto the runaway boat while both were in motion.

"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 nearing closer to boats and docks with each pass", explained the department of natural resources. He then took control of the unmanned boat and bring it to a stop, averting any further injuries and damage.

Sabrina Minser, an eyewitness, narrated the entire incident.

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.

The boat, a Correct Craft Ski Ski Nautique, was traveling at around 30mph when it threw the passengers off.

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