A deadly accident between two jet skis in North Carolina ended with the death of a 9-year-old boy and the hospitalization of another teen.
Four kids, ages 9, 10, 14 and 15 were riding jet skis behind a summer camp on Lake Norman in North Carolina when the two watercrafts collided. One of the jet skis was being driven by the 15-year-old girl, the other by the 14-year-old.
The 9-year-old boy died due to head trauma. Only one other teen was hospitalized.
Camp counselors were quick to help and perform CPR on the boy.
The four youths involved in the accident were siblings from Phoenix, visiting family for the summer.
Although the kids were young, wildlife officials said anyone between 14 years old and up can operate a watercraft as long as they have taken a boating safety course.
Officials are still investigating this accident.
Florida weather is perfect for boating, jet skiing and other water sports. However, personal watercraft, jet-ski wrecks, and wave runner crashes can cause serious injuries. Even if you are on vacation, it is important to follow the law while boating.
The most common causes of boating accidents include:
•· Boating under the influence of alcohol
•· Boat operator not paying attention
•· Careless or reckless operation of the boating vehicle
•· Careless passenger behavior
•· Operator inexperience.
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Source: WSOCTV, "Officials: 2 jet skis involved in deadly crash were both carrying children," June 21, 2013