Personal watercraft hits pontoon on Lake James

2018-07-06

ANGOLA – An Ohio woman was treated at Cameron Hospital after being thrown overboard when a personal watercraft struck a pontoon boat anchored on Lake James.

The incident happened Wednesday just before 11 a-m.
Conservation officers say 40-year-old Matthew Meyer of Fort Wayne was putting on his life jacket when the kill switch lanyard attached to the life jacket became wrapped around the throttle of his personal watercraft.

That caused it to accelerate to near full speed, throwing Meyer overboard and continuing unmanned about 300 yards before striking the pontoon boat.

One of the nine occupants on the pontoon was thrown overboard into shallow water. 69-year-old Denise Martin of Toledo was taken to Cameron with minor injuries to her face.

Alcohol was NOT a factor.

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