BREAKING: One dead, four injured when boats collide on Indian Springs in Clark County

July 8, 2021
Mike Tanner

CLARK, S.D.–Tragedy on a body of water in Clark County today has left one person dead, and four others injured.

Clark County Emergency Management Director David Lewis tells KWAT News Director Mike Tanner that two boats collided on Indian Springs around 10:30 this morning.

The deceased victim was launched into the water, and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Two others were taken to Prairie Lakes Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, and two more sustained minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

Lewis says the accident was weather-related. He says there was fog and rain in the area when one of the boats “T-boned” the other southeast of Black Claw Bait and Tavern.

The names of those involved have not been released, although Lewis says they were adult males. Names were being withheld pending notification of relatives. 

Agencies responding to the call were the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Clark Police Department, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, Watertown Fire Rescue Ambulance, Clark Ambulance, Codington County Search and Rescue and Clark County Emergency Management.

Lewis says Clark County Conservation Officer Zach Thomsen would be leading the ongoing investigation.