1 dead, 1 injured after collision near Indian River Inlet, Del.

INDIAN RIVER, Del. – One person is deceased and another is injured Monday after a jet ski and a 28-foot boat collided about three miles west of Indian River.

Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 4 p.m. from a Good Samaritan stating a 28-foot boat and a jet ski with two people aboard collided as they were rounding a bend in the inlet.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Indian River arrived on scene and discovered a passenger from the boat involved in the incident was assisting one of the jet skiers.

Another Good Samaritan, in a pontoon boat, recovered the body of the second jet skier from the water and took him to the beach to await assistance from authorities.

The injured jet skier, whose condition is unknown, was medevaced by Trooper 2 to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

“An unfortunate accident like this reminds boaters how important knowledge in boating safety and the navigational rules of the road is,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Temple, a crew member of Coast Guard Station Indian River.

The incident is under investigation by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating classes and vessel safety checks free of charge to all boaters.

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