Friends playing on personal watercraft leads to collision

POTTSBORO, Tex. (KXII) - Three people are hurt after a personal watercraft crash Sunday.

They were all riding on one together and collided with a friend on another.

All four people were wearing a life jacket, which game wardens said played a role in saving their lives.

"They were way too close to each other," said Grayson County Game Warden Daron Blackerby.

Blackerby said it happened Sunday afternoon after the storm.

He said both watercraft were leaving Deer Cove near Grandpappy Point riding side by side.

They don't know yet exactly what happened, but Blackerby said it appears one watercraft tried to splash another and when they made a turn, the other one ran into them.

"One jet ski had three occupants, the other one was a single rider," Blackerby said.

He said the single rider wasn't injured.

A 26-year-old woman flown to Plano for a head and leg injury after getting found face-down in the water for a short time, and was rescued by nearby friends.

The other passenger, a 13-year-old, was taken to Dallas with a jaw injury.

And the driver, a man in his early 20's, was taken to a local hospital with a broken collar bone and ribs.

"The speed and the power that these jet skis are capable of producing is one of those things that people have to be aware of," Blackerby said.

He said both drivers were wearing cutoff lanyards, so the water crafts stopped once they fell off.

He said that factor and their life jackets helped save their lives.

"They are the most agile watercraft on the water," Blackerby said.

Failing to stay 50 feet away from another watercraft is a misdemeanor.

So far no one has been ticketed, but the investigation will continue.

They said alcohol and weather were not factors.

"They were just out there you know, a group of friends having a good time and this accident occurred," Blackerby said.

He said it's important to stay aware out on the lake. And if you're driving a personal watercraft, make sure you're 50 feet away from anything else out there, unless you're driving without a wake.