About the Fatal Jet Ski Accident
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Matthew Rowan and his friend, Jeremy Summers, were jet skiing when they attempted to ride a large wake left from a boat; however, in their attempt, the two jet skiers collided with each other.
The collision left Rowan with severe head injuries. A good Samaritan rushed both Rowan and Summers to a nearby hospital, but Rowan was pronounced dead after arriving.
Summers did not sustain any serious injuries.
Maritime Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the U.S. Coast Guard:
- 4,515 maritime accidents and 651 deaths were linked to recreational maritime vessels in 2012.
- The most prominent cause of death of boating accident victims in drowning accounting for 71 percent of maritime accident fatalities.
- Almost 85 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket at the time of their accidents.
- The most common vessels to be involved in accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft, and cabin motorboats.