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. Among the 10 people injured in the incident, four were severely wounded.
Emergency medical, fire and law enforcement officials responded to the call along with Parkview Health's Samaritan air ambulance helicopter, the report said.
Four of the ten people thrown from the boat were treated for serious injuries. DNR spokesman Price also said several other people present at the spot helped take victims to the shore so that they could receive instant treatment.
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.
The boat rammed a dock, then a patrol boat with two conservation officers on board. Its impact with the patrol boat slows it down enough for an officer to hop aboard and bring it to a stop. 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 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.
Alcohol was found to be a factor in the accident.
The Indiana officer who finally brought an out-of-control boat to a stop said the incident shows just how risky drunken boating can be.
Dominique Effinger, who reportedly was driving the boat at the time of the accident, later was charged with boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers reported.