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Runaway boat injures 10 people, damages docks

A boat accident in Indiana shows why practicing good boating behavior and being responsible out on the water is essential to having a fun time out on the water and keeping everyone safe. The accident occurred on a lake where a 20-year-old was piloting a recreational boat. The young man was intoxicated, and in his altered state of mind he made a poor decision: he entered a turn at a high speed.

As a result of this decision, the boat turned violently and flung all of the people on the boat into the water. The boat then ran amok for an unknown amount of time, crashing into boats and docks along the way. Ten people ended up suffering injuries as a result of the bizarre boat accident, and four of them suffered serious injuries. The 20-year-old was arrested for boating under the influence of alcohol.

There is video of the aftermath of the violent turn, as the boat spins in a circle on its own, crashing into the docks numerous times and narrowly causing a massive crash with another boat. This is the perfect example of a very unfortunate boat accident that should have never happened in the first place.

Boats are powerful vessels that demand respect and responsible operation. When that does not happen, innocent people can suffer serious injuries, or even lose their lives. The negligent boat operators should be held responsible in these cases.

Source: WFLA Channel 8, "VIDEO: 10 injured by runaway boat," July 17, 2017

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