WATER ACCIDENT: Local man dies in boating crash

Staff Writer

A local man was killed Saturday at Lake Webster in Kosciusko County.

Jeffrey Melvin, 53, of Columbia City, was motoring a personal watercraft across Lake Webster around 5 p.m. Saturday when he made a sharp turn into the path of another watercraft, which was being operated by his friend.

Indiana Conservation officers said the second personal watercraft struck Melvin’s and launched over it, hitting him in the right side of his torso.

Melvin was airlifted by Parkview Samaritan to a Fort Wayne hospital. He died there late Monday, officials say.

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