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Indiana DNR Law Enforcement District 2
Thursday July 5th, 2018 :: 04:00 p.m. EDT


Indiana Conservation Officers Investigating Personal Injury Boat Crash in Steuben County

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Division of Law Enforcement     


Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Division of Law Enforcement

402 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748



For immediate release: July 4, 2018


Indiana Conservation Officers Investigating Personal Injury Boat Crash in Steuben County


(Angola)  Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a personal injury boat crash in Steuben County.


On July 4, 2018, at approximately 10:55 am, Matthew Meyer, 40, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was operating his Personal Watercraft (PWC) on Lake James when he stopped to swim and cool off. 


He boarded his PWC and as he was putting on his Personal Floatation Device (PFD), the kill switch lanyard which was attached to the PFD wrapped around the throttle of the PWC causing it to accelerate to near full speed, throwing Meyer off of the PWC and continue unmanned for approximately 300 yards where it struck a pontoon owned by Jeffery Martin of Toledo, Ohio. 


The pontoon had nine occupants and was moored at a sandbar. The PWC struck the outboard motor of the pontoon boat, throwing one of the occupants of the pontoon boat into the shallow water.  Denise Martin, 69 of Toledo, Ohio was transported to Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola, Indiana by Steuben County EMS with minor injuries to her face.  


Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.


Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Steuben County EMS, Steuben County Communications, and the Fremont Fire Department.



Media contact:


Indiana Conservation Officer

Corporal Rodney D. Clear

DNR Law Enforcement


Indiana DNR Law Enforcement District 2
1353 Governors Dr
Columbia City, IN 46725

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 260-244-3720

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