Indiana Conservation Officers say a life jacket may have saved a man’s life, after being thrown from a boat in an accident.
Around 7:30 Saturday morning, Robert Gilliland and his fishing partner were motoring across the Monroe Reservoir when his 2008 Ranger Bass boat hit an object under the water, ripping off part of the boat’s motor.
The accident caused the boat to stop and swing, causing Gilliland to be thrown into the water, injuring his back.
His fishing partner was tossed around within the boat and not badly injured.
A nearby boat was able to help Gilliland into a boat and towed the disabled boat back to shore.
Gilliland was taken to IU Health Hospital in Bloomington by ambulance.