Over the weekend, one boater navigating the high seas near Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks appears to have forgotten the foremost rule of water sports: Your vessel belongs in the water, and not inside nearby homes.
On Saturday, the 46-year-old was slapped with a BWI (boating while intoxicated) after crashing his boat into a lake house, the vessel flipping and ejecting all eight adult passengers, before catapulting into the home.
Boat accident at the Lake of the Ozarks. 1.3MM on the Osage Arm. Accident occurred around 11:55 Saturday night.— Rod Smith (@RodKRCG13) July 23, 2023
No fatalities reported at this time, but 8 people were injured and taken to Lake Regional Hospital. 6 of the passengers suffered serious injuries. pic.twitter.com/Fq9k9mx6lz
“Troopers responded to a serious injury crash last night at the 1.5-mile mark of the main channel,” the Missouri State Highway Patrol explained via Twitter. “The boat ran aground and struck a home, causing it to overturn, ejecting all eight passengers.”
Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) July 23, 2023
Troopers responded to a serious injury crash last night at the 1.5 mile mark of the main channel. The boat ran aground and struck a home, causing it to overturn, ejecting all eight passengers.
Boat Crash Report:https://t.co/VbzDDQvjLD pic.twitter.com/o0cy7T85uB
As of Monday, more than half of the passengers had been released from the hospital, but the home was in need of some serious rehab, undergoing “extensive damage” from the crash.
Passenger: I bet this thing can fly.— john (@golferict) July 24, 2023
Boat owner: Hold my beer!
So take it from this tale of boating woe — lay off the booze if you’re gonna be hitting the waves, lest you hit someone’s residence instead.