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article imageVideo: Lake boat crash hurls family around like rag dolls

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By Elizabeth Batt     Sep 3, 2012 in Lifestyle
Lake Ozark - A shocking video captured last Friday shows the terrifying moment a boat with seven people plows into a large wake at high speed. As the driver loses control, the passengers endure over 20 seconds of sheer terror.
The terrifying incident occurred at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, a day before the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, the largest unsanctioned race in the United States. The family of seven people, two bikini-clad women and five others, were being filmed speeding along in a Fountain powerboat by the Lake TV crew, when the boat struck the wake of another vessel.
As the boat violently begins to rock from side-to-side, the family (including the boat operator) desperately try to hold on, but the force of the impact is so strong it sends the passengers hurtling to the ground. The driver of the boat (believed to be the father), is flung across the deck like a rag doll crashing into the opposite side of the vessel. After losing their grip, two females immediately follow him, and one (presumed to be his daughter), is seen hitting the boat face first.
At the rear of the vessel, a whiplashed male barely manages to keep his seat as the remaining three passengers are career back and forth, finally landing in a body heap at his feet. The entire incident which occurred at the 22 mile mark, cause injuries to all seven family members said Lake TV. Five of them were treated at a nearby hospital for minor to moderate wounds.
The accident occurred on the eve of the Ozarks Shootout, a high speed boat race where official speeds can hit as high as 208 mph. It was the first of two tragedies to rock the weekend boat run, in a separate incident on Sunday, a 6-year-old Kansas girl was found floating in the lake. Grace Shaw of Stilwell, apparently drowned after she wandered away from her family.
The raw video of the boating incident was uploaded to YouTube by Golbalviralnewsn.
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