July 5, 2013

OKC man missing, 2 girls hurt after boat collision

Hit-and-run crash ejected boater into Lake Eufaula

July 5, 2013 By Wendy Burton Phoenix Staff Reports

An Oklahoma City man remains missing, and two young girls were injured in a hit-and-run boating collision, according to a report released Friday by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Gary McIninch, 55, was ejected from his vessel Thursday and remains missing.

Brianna Foster, 7, and Tori Foster, 6, were listed in good condition Friday at Oklahoma University Medical Center, said a hospital spokeswoman from the hospital.

Brianna and Tori Foster, both of Oklahoma City, were injured and McIninch was ejected in the boating collision one mile east of Eufaula Cove, approximately 800 yards north of Sherwood Point on Lake Eufaula at around 10 p.m. Thursday night, according to a report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

According to the report, a white and dark color ski boat approximately 20 feet long left the scene after colliding with a 2002 Crest pontoon and then landing on a 1996 Stingray. The pontoon and the Stingray were anchored together when the ski boat, traveling approximately 30 miles per hour, struck the bow of the pontoon, went airborne and landed on the Stingray. The pontoon and the Stingray were displaying proper lighting, the report states.

McIninch was ejected from the pontoon, and the operator of the ski boat circled the pontoon and the Stingray and asked if everyone was OK. The occupants of the pontoon and the Stingray told the operator of the ski boat that McIninch was missing and began to search for him. During the search, the occupants of the pontoon and the Stingray noticed the ski boat had left the scene.

Personal flotation devices were in use by all children on the pontoon. The devices were available, but not in use by the adults on either vessel. The pontoon had 10 occupants and one swimmer at the time of the collision, and the Stingray had four occupants. Kenneth Noak, 28, of Midwest City was the operator of the Stingray. He was treated at the scene for a knee injury.

You can help

If you have any information regarding the white and dark color ski boat that left the scene, please call the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Office nearest you by dialing *55.

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