The incident happened on August 24th during the Poker Run boat race on the Lake of the Ozarks and was captured by a Lake TV photographer. In the video you can see as the driver of a Fountain powerboat as he plows through a wake. The resulting collision causes the driver to plank at the speed of light, and his passengers to be violently tossed from side to side inside of the boat’s interior.
The driver, Marvin Carter, and four of his passengers were taken to area hospitals for moderate injuries. The two women seen in the video, a mother and daughter (rawr), declined treatment at the scene. One of the passengers suffered a broken leg, broken wrist and ruptured disc in his back.
Carter was initially cited with careless and imprudent operation, but after the video was posted to Youtube and went viral, police have cited Carter with a seating violation as well.
The Missouri Highway Patrol say the video going viral is possibly a good thing. “Unfortunately it’s the stories of the injury accidents, when they get out there, that people really start to pay attention,” Sgt. Jerry Callahan said. “We’re lucky all the passengers stayed in the boat.”
Callahan also added that the passengers were not required to wear life jackets and that there is no daytime speed limit on the lake. But that doesn’t mean they cannot cite you for speeding. “In Missouri we don’t have a daytime speed limit but that doesn’t mean you can drive your boat as fast as you want,” Callahan said. “You have to look at the existing conditions and look at the boat traffic on the water. Are there more boats? In this instance, the waves. The wakes.”
Here’s the video captured inside the boat:
And here is the Skrillex remix of the accident that had me and my co-workers laughing our asses off as we watched it 25 times in a row: