Sunday, August 17, 2014
APPLING, Ga. (WRDW) -- Authorities have identified the 14-year-old involved in a jet ski accident as Thomas Marshall Jay. The teen is still in critical condition after officers say he was run over by a jet ski.
Georgia DNR says there were three personal watercrafts and four kids present at the time of the accident.
Officers say the victim was riding on the back of one of the watercrafts a 17-year-old girl was driving. Officials say all the teens, even those under the age of 16 were legal in their operation because they had taken a course to be able to drive the watercraft.
Right now, DNR says they're trying to figure out if the teen fell or jumped of the jet ski before the accident happened. Officers say the family on a pontoon boat nearby, and that's how they transported the teen back to the boat dock.
The ID and condition of the 14-year-old is still not being released. At last check Saturday afternoon, he was in critical condition.
The watercrafts are currently at a secure location at the Columbia County jail.
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News 12 @ 6 o'clock/ Saturday, August 16, 2014
APPLING, Ga. (WRDW) -- A fourteen year old boy is in the hospital tonight after a jet ski accident on Lake Thurmond.
The teen was airlifted from Wildwood Park in Appling around three o'clock this afternoon.
Investigators tell News 12 the boy fell off a jet ski and then was run over by another one. Some folks in the area today say even though the summer is almost over, there are a lot of people on the water, and a lot of people riding jet skis.
Summer might be coming to a close, but JT Powell and his family are still out here as much as possible. "We come out here maybe twenty times a summer, as many times as we can get it in," Powell said.
And his favorite part about it is riding on his jet ski. He says he's seen a lot of folks out on the water right now, even though kids are back in school and summer is coming to a close. So, when he heard an accident happened here just hours earlier he was shocked.
A video posted on the News 12 Facebook shows a fourteen-year-old boy being airlifted to the hospital. Investigators say he was run over by a jet ski after he fell off his. It's incidents like this one that makes Powell be more careful.
"It's basically like driving a car except your lane kind of goes wherever you go so you just have to watch for the other guy and keep an eye out really," Powell said. All of the more reason to put safety first on the water, especially after hearing about an accident like this one. "If anyone is even close to the jet ski in the water the keys are out the ignition is off we're not even running it at all," Powell said.
DNR is investigating the accident along with Columbia County Sheriff's Office. News 12 called for an update on his condition, but because of his age it could not be released. At last check he was in critical condition.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- A teenager has been life-flighted after an accident at Keg Creek boat ramp.
A 14-year-old boy fell off a jet ski and was then run over by another jet ski, officers said.
The teen is in critical condition and is being flown to GRU by helicopter. He has not been identified yet.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in the investigation.