Seven people rescued after overloaded boat sinks


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SYRACUSE, Ind. (July 26, 2015)–Seven people had to be rescued when the boat they were riding in sank on Lake Wawasee, Saturday evening.

Around 7:15 p.m. Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a boat sinking with multiple people in the water.

A Kosciusko County Sheriff Lake Patrol Officer attempted to stop an overloaded boat seen speeding across the lake.

When the boat’s operator brought the boat to an abrupt stop, water came over the bow of the overloaded watercraft.

Investigators say the operator quickly accelerated, bringing even more water into the boat, completely swamping it.

One occupant was tossed overboard in the process.  Officers say the boat capsized and quickly sank .

The Kusciusko County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol rescued seven people from the water.

According to investigators only one of the seven occupants was wearing a Personal Flotation Device.  The boat’s operator was arrested for Operating a Motorboat While Intoxicated.  One other occupant was charged with underage drinking.

The quick response by rescue crews prevented any injuries or drownings.

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