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Five Injured in Serious Boat Incident on Lake Shafer

Last updated on Monday, July 16, 2018

(Monticello) - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a serious boat incident that occurred Saturday on Lake Shafer involving injuries in the area of 800 North and West Shafer Drive.

According to a press release, Jason Ward (44), of Mishawaka, was operating a 2014 Moomba Runabout Ski Boat carrying 6 passengers on Lake Shafer when the boat collided with an overhanging tree, rendering Ward unconscious.

The boat continued before running aground into the bank.

Ward was flown from IU White Memorial Hospital to Methodist Hospital in a Lifeline Helicopter. His condition is unknown at this time.

Passenger James Scott, of Valparaiso, was flown from IU White Memorial Hospital to Methodist Hospital in a Lutheran Air Helicopter. Scott is listed in stable condition.

John Mahoney, of Porter, was transported to IU White Memorial by ambulance. His condition is unknown.

The additional passengers included Tina Barnes, Lynn Colby, Greg Barnes, and James Svetich, all from Valparaiso.

Further investigation, including a reconstruction of the incident, will take place by Indiana Conservation Officers over the next several days.

Speed and alcohol are believed to be a factor in the incident.

Agencies assisting on the scene included the White County Sheriff's Department, Buffalo First Response, Monticello Fire and Rescue, Lutheran Air, and StatFlight.

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