Several seriously injured in Lake Gage boating accident


LAKE GAGE – Indiana Conservation Officers say alcohol was a factor in a boating accident that seriously injured several people at Lake Gage on Saturday.

Officer Jake Carlile reports 20-year-old Dominique Effinger of Fort Wayne was operating the 21 foot ski boat at high speed around 7:13 p-m. The boat made a violent turn and ejected all ten occupants, then continued unmanned at high speed on the lake, causing further serious injuries and property damage.

Several seriously injured persons were brought to shore by private boats where they were treated by medics and firefighters. Two occupants were flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan. They had a skull fracture and a partial arm amputation. The others were taken to Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola.

Their names were not released.

Officer Carlile launched his DNR boat and was able to throw a rope that entangled the propeller of the runaway ski boat. That slowed the ski boat but it continued to circle by the shoreline causing damage to Carlile's patrol boat and docks.

While the rope slowed the ski boat, Carlile used a personal watercraft and jumped onto the moving boat and brought it to a stop.

Carlile charged Effinger with boating while intoxicated causing injury and minor in possession of alcohol.

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