Boat runs wild on IN lake, seriously injuring four; Operator arrested

Conservation officers reported Steuben County 911 emergency dispatch received a call at 7:13 p.m. Saturday saying several people had been involved in a boating accident at Lake Gage and still were in the water with serious injuries. Authorities say that four out of the 10 injuries are considered “serious” or “near-fatal”.

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

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

Ten people were injured after they were thrown from an out-of-control boat on an IN lake July 15.

The boat rammed a dock, then a patrol boat with two conservation officers on board. Other people who were hurt were taken to a hospital in Angola with non-life threatening injuries.

When the watercraft hit the patrol boat though, it slowed the engine, and one of the officers was able to hop aboard and stop the boat.

Carlile threw a rope from the patrol boat to entangle the motorboat’s propeller, the statement said. The boat struck a dock and diverted its direction into the rear of the patrol boat Carlile was operating, disabling the patrol boat’s motor due to the impact.

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.

Police arrested Effinger and charged the 20-year-old with Boating While Intoxicated and with possessing alcohol as a minor, according to a press release.

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

The incident continues to be under investigation by the Indiana Conservation Officers.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, they said.