2 injured when personal watercraft, boat collide
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Two people are recovering in the hospital after a personal watercraft and a boat collided in the water near the Rickenbacker Causeway, Sunday.
The man and woman were taking a ride on a borrowed personal watercraft when they slammed into a boat on Biscayne Bay, near Bear Cut Bridge. "This collision was so severe that it knocked the female passenger off the boat unconscious and into the water," said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll.
Carroll said rescue crews' main concern was for the 26-year-old female rider. "The type of injuries that both sustained were definitely some head injuries," said Carroll. "The male was also complaining about some back injuries, but our biggest concern was the woman that was knocked unconscious."
The driver of the boat, 31, quickly jumped into action after the crash. "I jumped into the water and swam to the woman, until he could get her into the boat and call the coast guard," said Felix Reyes.
Reyes said the personal watercraft was flying through the water. He said they were riding the waves and going about 50 miles per hour.
Both Miami Fire Rescue and the Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the scene and provided aid to both victims at Crandon Marina. "She was in the water for almost about a minute face down, so that's definitely a big consideration that trauma doctors will be looking into as far as her condition," said Carroll.
Officials said the woman is listed in serious condition, and the man is in stable condition. He suffered only minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures.
Investigators are looking into whether alcohol played a role in the crash or whether it was just unfamiliarity with the equipment.
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