Jet ski crash leaves man near death at Botany Bay
A YOUNG man was fighting for his life last night after two jet skis collided in front of horrified onlookers at Botany Bay yesterday.
The 25-year-old suffered serious head injuries when the jet ski he was riding collided head-on with another near Brighton-Le-Sands about 10.45am. A nearby boat helped ferry the man to shore where emergency services battled for more than an hour to save his life.
A doctor was lowered on to the beach from an ambulance rescue helicopter to help stabilise the man, as grief-stricken members of the victim’s family watched on.
NSW Ambulance inspector Malcolm Hersee said the young man was in a serious condition.
“The doctor and the team were lowered to the beach where the patient was treated to secure his airway,” Mr Hersee said.
The man was rushed to St George Hospital where he remained in a critical condition, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.
The other jet ski rider involved in the accident, also believed to be a young man, was assessed by paramedics but was not injured.
Scores of jet skiers took to Port Botany yesterday to take advantage of the calm winds and sunny skies.
Officers from Marine Area Command are examining the circumstances leading to the collision and are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
In August a man died when his jet ski crashed into a post on Budgewoi Lake at Gorokan on the Central Coast.