In Florida, where sunshine and warm weather attract thousands of tourists and residents to its waters nearly year-round, water activities are a common way to enjoy all that the state has to offer. Unfortunately, water activities involving jet skis and water runners can often pose significant risks to those who operate them—especially if they do not have adequate experience or knowledge of the risks. To best protect yourself on your next vacation, it is important to understand the potential risks of these activities so that you can enjoy your time on the water—but do so safely.
According to a recent local news report, a tragic jet ski crash led to the death of a Florida woman. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that a jet ski occupied by a man and woman was traveling north on Pablo Creek when the driver attempted to navigate the jet ski under a bridge while traveling approximately 20 to 25 miles per hour. The male driver crouched down to drive under the bridge, but his female passenger failed to crouch down and struck her head. After she collided with the bridge, she was thrown into the water. She was pulled from the water and brought on to the shore by the St. Johns County Fire Rescue, where she was pronounced dead. Local authorities report that the accident is still under investigation.
This jet ski accident is just one of many that take place in Florida when the state’s waters are crowded during the warmer months. Although many Floridians are familiar with jet skis, they may not fully understand the risks of operating or owning one, or the corresponding laws.