(Florence, Ind.) - Two men may be lucky to be alive after they were ejected from their speed boat on the Ohio River Saturday.
Indiana Conservation Officers say Lovirdia McDaniel, of Fairdale, Kentucky, and Mark Hodson, of Farmland, Indiana were riding in a 16 foot, 240 horsepower Sugar Sand jet-drive motorboat on the river near Florence, Indiana around 12:30 p.m. When the craft hit a patch of rough water they were both thrown into the water.
The boat continued to run at full power, spinning in circles as Lovirdia, 51, and Hodson, 42, were in the water nearby.
The boat eventually crashed into two other docked boats and ran ashore at Turtle Creek Harbor. It travelled approximately 160 feet on land before stopping.
Neither McDaniel nor Hodson were wearing a lifejacket.
“Both were in the water about 10 minutes and worn out before being pulled to safety by two men fishing from a pontoon boat in the area,” said Conservation Officer David Jackson.
Jackson said the boat was equipped with a kill cord safety which connects the operator with a kill switch that will automatically stop the boat motor in the event the operator moves too far from the operator’s seat. The safety device was not in use at the time.