Man Killed in Jet Ski-Boat Collision in Florida
A collision between a Jet Ski and a boat on Thursday has left one Arkansas man dead, according to a report on Arkansas Matters.
About the Fatal Jet Ski Accident
On Thursday afternoon, Bryan McManus, 25 of Little Rock, Ark. died from injuries suffered in a collision with a boat. McManus was part of a group that had rented Jet Skis from Treasure Island Marina in Palm Beach City, Fla., said Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission authorities.
McManus was traveling in the direction of a boat when both he, and the boat captain, attempted to avoid colliding unsuccessfully. McManus was thrown from his Jet Ski along with a passenger on the boat. The boat captain was able to pull both men from the water and transported McManus to a boat ramp in St. Andrews State Park. Various people performed CPR on McManus, and paramedics transported him to Bay Medical Sacred Heart where he was pronounced dead.
Reports state the group was riding through Grand Lagoon, just off the shore of St. Andrews State Park when the accident happened. The fatal accident is under investigation and an autopsy is planned to determine the exact cause of McManus’s death.
Recreational Boating Accident Statistics
The U.S. Coast Guard reports a total of 4,062 recreational boating accidents in 2013 which resulted in 560 fatalities, 2,620 injuries, and roughly $39 million in property damage. In instances where the cause of death was known, 77 percent of those fatalities were caused by drowning; of those victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket at the time.
The most common types of vessels to be in accidents according to reports were: open motorboats (46%), personal watercraft (18%), and cabin motorboats (17%). Overalll, there are 11,993,067 recreational vessels registered in the U.S. as of 2013.