Woman arrested, several people injured after being thrown from boat on Stueben County lake

(Photo Supplied / Indiana DNR Law Enforcement District 2)

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Steuben County boating accident that resulted in multiple injuries on Lake Gage.

Officers received a 9-1-1 call just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, about several people in the water with possible serious or near fatal injuries.

Emergency crews arrived and the injured people were taken to the shore for treatment, then transported to area hospitals.

The motorboat involved was still running and unmanned, circling the lake at around 30 miles per hour. DNR officers were able to slow the runaway boat by throwing a rope into the propeller. A conservation officer was able to use a nearby personal watercraft and jump onto the boat and bring it to a stop.

The driver of the boat was operating it at a high rate of speed when the boat took a sharp turn, throwing off all 10 people on board, according to conversation officers, who also say alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Domonique Effinger, 20, of Fort Wayne, the operator of the boat, was arrested for Boating While Intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to conservation officers.

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RS July 17, 2017 at 11:44 am

driver was female, not male…

Tom Franklin July 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

Thanks. It’s been fixed.


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