A woman was injured after police say an inexperienced driver operating a boat caused the boat to go partially airborne after striking a pier on Lake Marie near Antioch.
The Antioch Fire Protection District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 10:40 a.m. Thursday to the 41100 block of North Elime Road in unincorporated Antioch for a boating crash with injuries.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said it was determined that a 41-year-old woman rented a boat Thursday morning.
The woman took her three children, ages 1, 11, and 15, on a boat ride. The four are residents of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The 41-year-old woman had another family member, a 65-year-old Antioch woman, onboard as well.
The 41-year-old woman, who has no boating experience, told deputies that she and the occupants of the boat were stopped in the lake and began swimming, Covelli said.
The boat was not properly anchored while the passengers were swimming, which caused the boat to begin to drift toward land, Covelli said.
The occupants returned to the boat and the 41-year-old woman attempted to move the boat away from shore.
Covelli said the woman first reversed the boat and then put the boat “near full throttle” forward, which caused the boat to strike a pier and become partially airborne.
The boat came to a rest partially on top of the pier and on top of another boat.
The 65-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries but refused transport to the hospital, Covelli said.
None of the others were injured. The boat had to be towed away from the scene.
The crash remains under further investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.