Singer Sean Kingston has been hospitalized in serious but stable condition after suffering a jet ski accident in Miami yesterday. Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, told People magazine that the 21 year old “Beautiful Girls” singer:
“… was heading west from the MacArthur Causeway and Miami Beach Islands when his personal watercraft collided with the bridge, and he and his female passenger ended up in the water.”
A passerby, who happened to be a member on off-duty member of the Coast Guard, was driving his boat around Star Island when he was called over to the accident scene by a man and a woman on a jet ski. He jumped into the water and held Kingston’s head above water until the Coast Guard arrived and transported him to the closest trauma center.
The singer’s publicist, Joseph Carozza, has issued a statement saying that Kingston has been moved to intensive care from the trauma unit. He added : “Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”
As the warm weather has arrived, more and more people will be climbing aboard jet skis for a day of fun in the sun. Jet ski’s, which are technically referred to as personal water crafts (PWC) are different than other water vehicles. According to the National Association of Rescue Divers:
” PWC are different from conventional boats in terms of design, operation and use. Unlike other types of boats, their shallow draft design allows them to be operated at high speeds in shallow waters and close to shore. They are highly maneuverable and capable of speeds exceeding 65 mph.”
“The same factors that make personal watercraft fun make them dangerous,” said Elizabeth Beierle, M.D., a University of Florida pediatric surgeon who led a review of accidents involving a variety of water crafts. “They’re small, they go fast, and they’re open. In an accident there’s very little to prevent riders from being thrown off, and we believe that’s why we see more serious injuries with them.”
Serious injuries to those involved include closed-head injuries, trauma to the chest and abdominal injury. Leg fractures are also possible. The majority of jet ski accidents occur when riders strike an object with their jet skis. Riders are thrown from the PWC during the collision and often hit the obstacle involved in the collision.
Here is some excellent advice from the National Association of Rescue Divers regarding PWC safety.
Wear the proper safety equipment. An approved PFD life jacket Type I or Type II is a must. It is also advised to wear eye protection to keep water spray from obscuring your vision.
Never operate at night, or with two water skiers. Operate the craft only between sunrise and sunset.
It is reported that Sean Kingston is expected to make a full recovery, although it will take at least 6 weeks to recuperate from his injuries, which included a broken jaw, fractured wrist and water in his lungs. His passenger on the jet ski, Cassandra Sanchez, 23, has already been released from the hospital.