Several seriously injured after unmanned boat circles out of control

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The boat continued at a high rate of speed, unmanned around Lake Gage causing further serious bodily injury and property damage, according to the DNR.

The 20-year-old boat operator was arrested and accused of boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

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. Effinger was later released on bond from the Steuben County Jail, according to Indiana DNR Law Enforcement, NBC News reported.

A runaway boat runs in circles on an in lake, after 10 people, including one behind the wheel are thrown off. One had a skull fracture and another lost one part of an arm. Four of the ten were considered serious or near-fatal injuries. The boat's wild tear was captured on cellphone video.

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Two people were flow by medical helicopter from the lake shore after being rescued by onlookers, according to the DNR. Conservation officers warned residents on-shore to move their docked boats and clear the area as the unmanned boat circled closer to boats and docks with each pass. Carlile was able to wrangle the boat, but it struck a pier and then rear-ended Carlile's boat.

An Indiana conservation officer was eventually able to jump on to the boat and stop it. She told NewsChannel 15 in IN her husband escorted a paramedic in order to help the injured people thrown off into the water via a jet ski.

Others with less serious injuries were transported to Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola.

The boat, a Correct Craft Ski Ski Nautique, was traveling at around 30 m.p.h. when it threw the passengers off and pushed forward at that pace.

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