A Florida Jet Ski accident leaves a man unconscious. The accident occurred on December 3, 2017 and was videoed by an off-duty policeman who was the first on the scene to render assistance. Despite wearing a lanyard attached to a switch designed to cut off the engine when the rider is thrown off the Jet Ski, the machine was still running after the accident. It is unknown at this time if the Jet Ski was rented or owned by the rider. Florida has strict laws concerning the renting of all personal watercrafts including Jet Skis. These laws require the rental company to provide detailed instruction on the safe handling and navigation of these watercrafts. If these instructions are not properly given, a court may find the rental company liable for the accident. It has been reported that the victim is making a steady recovery.
A 33-year-old man employed by Holland America Line was arrested by New Zealand Police on Tuesday and charged with sexual violation. Police were called on Tuesday afternoon while the vessel was docked in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand to investigate an alleged rape and sexual assault reported to have occurred earlier that morning aboard the MS Noordam. The alleged victim is a cruise ship worker and per reports she and alleged perpetrator knew each other.
Two injured cruise passengers were medevaced from Princess’ Coral Princes last Tuesday. The first passenger was a 73-year-old man with internal bleeding. The second passenger was a 79-year-old man with a broken arm. Though unrelated, the injured occurred on the Coral Princess cruise ship near Port Everglades. EMS crews were dispatched aboard two response boats where they met to the cruise ship. Both passengers were transported to Broward General Hospital.
Two boaters were found dead Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. following their airboat flipping at around 5:00 p.m. near the Lone Cabbage Fish Camp in central Brevard. Four men were on the airboat at the time of the accident; two were able to make it to shore without incident and two others went missing in the water. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Brevard County Sheriff’s officials responded to the scene of the accident and spent several hours searching for the two missing men with the assistance of the Brevard Sheriff’s office agricultural unit and dive team as well as the agency’s helicopter. The bodies of the two drowned men were located at approximately 8:30 p.m. They are described as men between the ages of 70-80 and it remains unknown whether they were wearing life jackets. The area where the incident occurred is a popular tourist stop for those interested in flat-bottom boat rides. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of these two men.