Jet skis, also known as personal watercrafts, are a fun and popular way to spend a day on the lake or the ocean. In Florida, the law states that a person must be at least 14 years old to operate a jet ski and must be 18 years old to rent a jet ski. Each year, the United States Coast Guard releases statistics involving people who are killed while operating a jet ski. Although only a small percentage of watercraft registered in the United States are jet skis, they account for 20% of all reported accidents annually. On average, there are 600-700 reported jet ski accidents each year, resulting in about 40 deaths. In 2018, the Coast Guard reported that there were 42 deaths related to jet skis.
CBS 12 reports that 4 people were injured in a jet ski crash near Sandsprit Park.
The accident happened on Monday afternoon according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Department.
Two jet skis crashed into one another, each jet ski carrying two people on the St. Lucie River near Sandsprit Park.
Two of the females on one jet ski were airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries. The other two females on the second jet ski were not injured. They were still taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
The two who were injured sustained serious injuries to their legs and the lower half of their bodies.
While it is still early in the investigation, it does appear that everyone was old enough to operate a jet ski.
While alcohol was not a factor in the accident, arrests are pending in the accident.