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

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10 people suffered injuries after they were ejected from a boat in Indiana's Lake Gage on Saturday night.

Dominique Effinger, 20, was operating a 21 ft.

Officers say alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Emergency medical, fire and law enforcement officials responded to the call along with Parkview Health's Samaritan air ambulance helicopter, the report said.

Dominique Effinger, 20 of Fort Wayne, was driving the boat when it took a "violent turn" and threw all 10 people on board off of it and into Lake Gage in Indiana, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.

Those who were injured were immediately transported to the shore by nearby boaters where EMA and fire units tended to their injuries.


A number of people were injured - two seriously - and a 20-year-old Fort Wayne woman was arrested after a boating accident Saturday night on Lake Gage that left the boat speeding around the lake with no one aboard. Other people who were hurt were taken to a hospital in Angola with non-life threatening injuries.

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

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, getting closer to boats and docks with each pass.

Carlisle was eventually able to climb aboard the runaway boat and stop it before it could inflict more damage. 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.

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 entangled rope slowed down the runaway boat enough for the officer to jump onto it and bring it under control.

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