Staying safe while having fun
Tyler TX — Jet skis are always a fun activity, but like everything, they are only fun until someone gets hurt.
Ever since personal watercrafts were introduced in public parks in the 80s, a year hasn't gone by without jet skis being involved in a number of accidents.
Seventy-five percent of personal watercraft accidents are collisions. We spoke with some people on the Lake Palestine to get their thoughts on how to stay safe on the water this Summer.
Village Marina employees told KETK that people aren't aware of how fast jet skis go. Jet skis can reach nearly 70mph and some sport ones can reach up to 90mph. Another major issue resulting in causalities is people not knowing their surroundings.
John Eikner told KETK that their are stumps under the water that out-of-towners are running over and ultimately crashing.
Noonday Fire Rescue has their own rescue boat specifically for lake causalities. Chief Harris told KETK that they see a lot of jet ski accidents where people break their arms, legs, and sometimes have serious back and neck injuries.
Water safety shouldn't require much, so be sure to use caution and common sense when you are enjoying time out on the lake this Summer.