Father and Son Die in Personal Watercraft Accident on Patcong Creek

According to NJ.com, a father and son were recently killed in a jet ski accident. The accident occurred on a Saturday afternoon on Patcong Creek. The father was 43 and the son was 10. The son was sitting in front of the father on their personal watercraft.

New Jersey State police state that the couple ran into another watercraft as they rounded a tight curve. The pilot of the second craft was a 55-year old woman from Egg Harbor Township who has yet to be identified. She suffered a broken wrist from the crash.

The accident is still under investigation.

NJ troopers say line of sight vision was limited. It is possible the father and son had little time to react. Most jet skis and many personal water craft are inherently dangerous because they don’t have a true braking mechanism. Faced with a collision, a jet ski operator will cut power to the motor but the watercraft will hurtle on, sometimes coasting at speed for more than a hundred feet. Worse, no steering is possible in this unpowered state.

InMotion Magazine published an extensive article on PWC dangers. They cited a Federal report that summarized, “When faced with a collision, most victims took their hands off the throttle in an effort to avoid the collision . . . the victims’ steering ability was [then] severely compromised.” Lacking steering, an uncontrolled jet ski can run into any number of objects: a pier, other boaters, and swimmers.

The couple was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Drowning is not the usual cause of death with personal water craft. Pediatrics has stated that “PWC are the only recreational boats for which the leading cause of death is not drowning; most fatalities result from blunt trauma.”

The entire Grossman Law Firm wishes to convey our deepest sympathies to all those touched by this tragedy. Losing a loved one is a life changing event that will have repercussions for years to come.









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