ODNR and private company stop out-of-control boat

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a private company -- working together -- managed to bring under control a runaway boat on Lake Erie whose passengers had been thrown into the water.
On Saturday, a boat with a 150-horsepower outboard made a severe turn when the boat's operator jerked the wheel during his attempt to catch a cooler lid.
The operator and his son were thrown into the water. The pair were rescued by a fellow boater, but the boat was still spinning in circles at 20 miles per hour.
The Natural Resources Department and Lake Erie Towing snagged the boat with salvage lines, then managed to wrap lines around a prop to stop the boat.
Lake Erie Towing employee Greg Stark said the situation was dangerous because at any time, the out of control boat could have hit either boat.
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