ST FRANCIS BAY:
Sara Jane Smith, NSRI St Francis Bay station commander, said:
At 17h04, Friday, 15th November, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 jet-ski’s in difficulty off-shore of Main beach and a person or persons from the jet-ski’s reported to be in the water and a person or person’s from the jet-ski’s injured on the shore.
NSRI rescue crew responded directly to the scene and our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and Private Care ambulance services were alerted.
On arrival on the scene we found a jet-ski washed onto rocks in the surf and not immediately accessible and a second jet-ski further down the beach with the adult male skipper of the second jet-ski who safe ashore and he was checked by NSRI medics and he was okay.
That jet-ski was motored into the canal by a friend of that jet-skier and was recovered and appears to have sustained some damage.
The adult male from the first jet-ski had already been taken by bystanders to a local doctors rooms where he was treated by a doctor for injuries and released following treatment.
It appears the 2 jet-ski’s with a single person skippering each jet-ski were riding along when the one jet-skier may have been thrown off his jet-ski by a wave and he washed towards rocks and we believe his friend abandoned the second jet-ski to go to his aid.
Assisted by bystanders NSRI crew recovered the first jet-ski, which has sustained significant damage, after that jet-ski washed towards rocks that were more accessible.
NSRI commend the bystanders for their assistance.