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Two People on Jet Ski Crash into Navigational Marker in Jacksonville

June 15, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Two people suffered injuries late last month after their jet ski collided with a navigational marker on the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville, about 75 yards north of Butler Boulevard. An official with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) said a man was driving the jet ski while riding the wake from a boat in front of them. He lost control of the jet ski and crashed into the beacon.

The man and his female passenger ejected from the jet ski after the collision, according to the FWC. Nearby boaters pulled the two from the water and took them to shore. Rescue personnel transported the 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man to the Mayo Clinic. The severity of their injuries is unknown.

The FWC is investigating the incident. They do not know how fast the jet ski was traveling at the time of the accident. They are trying to determine if the navigational marker was completely visible before the collision.

Personal watercrafts are extremely popular forms of recreation throughout Florida. Driver inexperience is a cause of hundreds of injuries every year. Contact a Florida injury attorney if you suffer injuries from a personal watercraft or boat. A Florida lawyer can represent you in a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your injuries.