The first thing that many people think of when they hear the words personal watercraft (PWC) is fun on a lake or out in the ocean. Yet, according to the United States Coast Guard, PWCs have a higher rate of collision than any other type of watercraft. There are several reasons why. For instance, a person would not toss the keys to their motorcycle to someone who has never driven one before.
With PWCs, like Jet Skis, they often hand over the keys to a novice driver without a second thought. Many people also do not consider a PWC to be a real boat, but under U.S. Coast Guard regulations, they are subject to the same rules and regulations as a 40-foot power cruiser. They also report that 70% of all PWC collisions are with another vehicle.
News Channel 8 reports that a family is praying for the recovery of a devoted father and son injured in a jet ski accident.
30-year-old Lex Sammons came out to enjoy the Hillsborough River last weekend. He was riding on a jet ski on a section of the river where a resident says there is a speed limit of 25 m.p.h. in front of his house. In the back of his house, however, there is no such limit. Vessel operators often come flying by at speeds of 70 m.p.h.
It is unclear how fast Sammons was going when he turned into a 21-foot-boat that was being operated by Jeffrey Lawrence Gustafson. The boat then ran over Sammons. The collision was so severe that Sammons was rushed to a nearby hospital with fractures to his face. He also has lacerations to his legs and is missing part of his skull.
His mother, Kimberlee Sammons, lost her husband to cancer just over a year ago. Now, she is praying and asking for the prayers of others for her son to make a complete recovery. The family has also set up a donation page to help with medical expenses.