A 16-year-old girl in Stevens County was killed in a jet skiing accident on Long Lake last month. First responders reported that they rushed to the Lake Spokane campground when they received reports that the girl was riding on a jet ski with her 5-year-old sister when a jet ski behind them crashed into them. While the emergency call first reported a drowning, it was soon updated to a jet skiing accident. The 5-year-old girl was flown to Spokane for treatment of her serious injuries. While rescue workers also attempted to save the 16-year-old, they were ultimately unable to do so. No other injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
Water sports involving jet skis and boats are an excellent way for people of all ages to enjoy the summer sunshine. Water sports can also be a great way for family and friends to spend time together while following recommended social distancing guidelines. If your summer activities involve jet skis, however, you should make sure to follow some essential safety precautions.
Recognize the Dangers
Many people fail to understand the hazards associated with jet skis, which means that they fail to teach their children about the risks that these vehicles present. Jet skis must be handled in a manner different from boats. Some of the critical safety tips that people should follow when using jet skis include the following:
- Connect the cord from the start/stop switch to either your life jacket or wrist
- Do not operate jet skis in less than two feet of water.
- Make sure to wear proper safety gear when jet skiing, which includes a life jacket and wetsuit as well as water shoes to reduce the risk of slips
- Remain aware of the objects around you while jet skiing, which might include underwater objects and other watercraft
Provide Adequate Adult Supervision
Even if your child has some experience using jet skis, it is still a good idea for adults to supervise these activities to make sure children follow safety rules. Many teenagers are distracted or think that pushing boundaries will make the jet ski experience even more fun. The presence of an adult, however, can often remind the child that operating any watercraft comes with risks.
Make Sure the Child Has Adequate Training
The American Boating Organization reports that 84% of personal watercraft operators have no safety training and this has resulted in countless jet ski accidents. The absence of jet ski accident avoidance training can result in catastrophic jet ski accidents. As a result, jet ski owners as well as those who rent the craft while on vacation should make sure to receive adequate training.
Speak with a Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one is injured in a jet skiing accident and another party is responsible, you should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact West Law Office today for assistance.