Jet skis, often also called personal watercraft (PWC), can be a fun way to spend a day out on the water. While they can be exhilarating, operating at speeds of up to 60 m.p.h., jet skis pose a danger to their operators, passengers, and others nearby. Some common jet ski injuries include broken or fractured bones, burns, serious back and neck injuries, damaged ear drums, brain injuries, and spinal injuries. When operating or riding on a jet ski, it is important to always wear a life jacket and to be aware of the surroundings. While each state has their own laws governing how old someone needs to be to operate a jet ski, it is important that no matter their age, the operator is familiar with the rules of the water.
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ABC 25 reports that a Florida graduate has been left with severe injuries after a jetski accident. Kaitlyn Alexander, a University of Florida graduate, is in the ICU from her injuries. The accident occurred on Sunday, May 3rd as she was jet skiing with friends on Lake Ida in Delray Beach.
No one is entirely sure what caused the accident, but Alexander was rushed to the hospital with multiple broken bones, a serious head injury, and a serious injury to her back.
Kaitlyn has been at Delray Medical Center since the accident. However, due to COVID-19, her friends and family have not been able to visit her bedside.
Kaitlyn is awake and one of her first questions was when she could leave the hospital and go swimming.