Coast Guard rescues two from jet ski crash in Key West

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI – Two jet skiers were rescued out the water by a Coast Guard smallboat crew in the vicinity of Man of War Harbor, Fla., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification that two jet skiers, one male and one female, allided with channel marker two in Man of War Harbor resulting in the two individuals falling in the water and in distress.

Coast Guard watchstanders quickly launched a smallboat crew from Coast Guard Station Key West. Upon the rescue crew arriving, one of the Coast Guardsmen entered the water to assist the injured woman into a stokes litter. The male jet skier was able to get on the Coast Guard vessel with minimal assistance.

The survivors were transferred to Coast Guard Station Key West where local emergency medical services were waiting to take them to Lower Keys Medical Center.

Both jet skiers were wearing life jackets.

“Wearing a life jacket while on the water not only raises your chances of survival in a worst case scenario but also allows responders more time to arrive on scene to rescue those in distress,” said Chief Petty Officer Luis Negron, search and rescue duty officer.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to safely operate their vessel and check their equipment prior to heading on the water. Knowing how to use the required safety equipment and wearing a Coast Guard approved lifejacket can save your life in the event of an emergency.

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