Coast Guard assists a 16-year-old female injured in jet-ski accident

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a female injured in a jet-ski accident near Sturgeon Point Marina at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday.

While on routine patrol, a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) from Coast Guard Station Buffalo was waved down by the jet-skier immediately after the incident.

The accident left a six-inch gash, inflicted by the handlebars, when the victim was thrown from the watercraft. The Coast Guard crew applied first aid and medically evacuated her to Sturgeon Point Marina. Local Emergency Medical Services then transported her to Lake Shore Hospital.

The female involved in the accident was wearing her life jacket, which facilitated her safe recovery.

“When we arrived, we saw that the girl had her lifejacket on,” said Petty Officer Barrett Brauch, a crewmember on the 33-foot Coast Guard boat. “She was able to swim over to the boat and didn’t seem to be in too much pain.”

The Coast Guard would like to remind people who recreate on the water to always wear life jackets and other appropriate protective gear.

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