2007-07-16 07:03:21
Unbelievable: ANOTHER Tourist Jet Ski Death in The Bahamas
Once again, because laws are passed but never enforced in The Bahamas, another tourist - a child - has died in a jet ski accident.

A seven-year-old American boy died yesterday morning on Paradise Island as the result of a jet-ski accident, once again calling into the question the safety of the popular water craft.

According to preliminary police reports, the boy was riding on a rented jet ski with his mother, when she lost control of the craft. The boy fell off the jet ski, sustaining fatal head injuries.

The tragic accident happened just hours after the boy arrived in the Bahamas with his parents and sister.

Chief Supt Glen Miller, in charge of CDU, told The Tribune that the family arrived in the Bahamas at 8:00am yesterday onboard the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship.

The family was spending their shore leave on Cabbage Beach until the fatal accident occurred at 11:30am. The boy was taken from Paradise Island to Princess Margaret Hospital by ambulance and was pronounced dead on arrival.

This is the third fatality involving jet skis and speed boats to occur on Paradise Island in the past five years.

Last June, 14-year old William Kay of New jersey was killed when a joy-riding adventure became fatal.

The teenager was riding a jet ski when he lost control and collided with a boat. As a result of the collision, the-boy suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Following this incident, jet ski operator Patrick Glinton was charged with operating a commercial water craft without a valid insurance certificate, current business license and registration certificate.

He was also charged with failing to produce a commercial water craft to the Bahamas Port Authority and permitting a person under 18 to take control of the water craft.

In November 2004, 44-year-old Anthony Moretti of New York died on Paradise Island after his jet ski collided with one driven by his 13-year-old niece.

The two-year-old son of British couple Paul and Andrea Gallagher, died in August, 2002, on Cabbage Beach after being hit by an out-of control speedboat that was pulling a banana boat.

Legislation was passed in parliament last April to strengthen regulations governing the commercial and recreational uses of water craft in the Bahamas.

The legislation imposes stiff penalties - ranging from two years in prison to maximum fines of $5,000- on jet ski operators who do not hold licences.

The new regulations also stipulate that no one under 18 will be allowed to operate or rent jet skis.

Although all laws seemed to have been adhered to in this latest tragic accident, questions still arise as to how safe jet skis really are for inexperienced tourists to operate.

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