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Unmanned runaway speedboat slams into another vessel at 30mph injuring ten people

Unmanned runaway speedboat slams into another vessel at 30mph injuring ten people

Four of the boaters were seriously injured, including one person who lost part of an arm and another who suffered a fractured skull.

Ten people were thrown overboard when a boat driver in Indiana lost control of her speed boat, causing serious injuries to passengers including one lower arm amputation and a skull fracture, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources obtained by PEOPLE.

Based on their initial investigation, conservation officers reported Effinger allegedly was driving the 21-foot Correct Craft Ski Nautique boat at a high rate of speed when the boat "cut into a violent turn", which resulted in all 10 people aboard being ejected into the water. After all passengers landed in the water, the boat continued around the lake unmanned at a high speed and caused property damage and even more injuries.

According to the DNR, Carlile was able to throw a rope from his patrol boat to entangle the propeller of the runaway boat. He took control of the unmanned boat and bring it to a stop, preventing any further injuries and damage. Two of them were airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital while others were admitted to a hospital in Angola with non-life threatening injuries, according to DNR officials, WHTC in MI reported.

Conservation officers reported the boat continued around the lake at about 30 miles per hour.

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The 20-year-old boat operator was arrested and accused of boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol. The boat rammed a dock, then a patrol boat with two conservation officers on board.

The entangling rope eventually slowed the runaway boat and Carlile was able to use a nearby personal watercraft and he jumped onto the runaway boat. But the runaway boat struck a dock, changed direction and hit the rear of Carlile's patrol boat, disabling the DNR boat's engine.

In the video footage, the boat is seen racing around in circles as officers try to corral it.

The incident took place Saturday around 7:13 p.m. EDT, following which the officers received a 911 call to the spot.


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