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Old 02-21-2012, 05:44 PM
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Hitting a Roller at Top Speed (Jet Ski Accident)

This is the aftermath of coming around an island at top speed only to hit a roller from a boat on your jetski and get thrown off.... unfortantly this is a friend of mine, doesn't own a boat, and lucky he didn't take his head off.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:51 PM
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ouch! Hope he gets better soon.

Did he come down on the ski head first and that caused his injury?
If so, I bet a helmet would have helped.
Personally I think helmets on those jet skis is a great idea if you're going really fast.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:54 PM
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I'm with you on Helmets... kinda weird looking but in hindsite it would have helped him. I've worked Trauma and Critical Care for years and these usually don't end well. He caught the shield has he flew over the bars is the only thing I can imagine. Funny thing is he just bought these about a month or so ago.

It always upsets me when they get close to my boat or my rider. Personally I think they go way to fast to begin with. Speed kills, but stupidity trumps all!!!
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:26 PM
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I'm with you on Helmets... kinda weird looking but in hindsite it would have helped him. I've worked Trauma and Critical Care for years and these usually don't end well. He caught the shield has he flew over the bars is the only thing I can imagine. Funny thing is he just bought these about a month or so ago.

It always upsets me when they get close to my boat or my rider. Personally I think they go way to fast to begin with. Speed kills, but stupidity trumps all!!!
Helmets are great for closed course racing where speeds dont get up that high and contact with another ski is a certain. But hitting the water at high speed with one stands a good chance of doing more harm than good. When the water catches the bottom (or any edge) it can pluck your head off like a grape on a vine. Most Rec PWC riders dont know what 70 mph really is on a ski but I can assure you a 50 mph dismount will cure most of the go fast for a long time
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:55 PM
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I hope it cures him... Funny to see HANS devices on Motorcross and even at the XGames this year and last.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:11 PM
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Im not sure if the moto xer's are using HANS but more neck brace / neck protection. I would categorize the Hans as the same type of protection however, your head is not tethered.

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I hope it cures him... Funny to see HANS devices on Motorcross and even at the XGames this year and last.
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Was intentionally trying to jump the wake of a boat?
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Nope... just bad judgement.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:57 PM
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Unfortunately so many people lose all good judgement when on the water. Going top speed on some of those machines means 60+ miles/hour on a surface that is unpredictable.
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He said the last thing he saw was 70... to be completly honest with you I didn't think they went that fast.. but I guess anything is possible
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