Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 July 2019

Emirati drowns when jet-ski hits boat in Khorfakkan

Police said six teenagers were not wearing life jackets

An 18-year-old Emirati drowned and another teenager was injured when a jet ski hit the banana boat they had rented along with four friends, the Khorfakkan police said.

“Six Emiratis were on the banana boat including the deceased and his 17-year-old friend who was injured. They rented it from a water sports company and were dragged into the sea when the jet ski driver lost control and collided with their boat,” said Major Mohammed Al Naqbi, deputy director of traffic patrol at Khorfakkan police station.

A speed boat captain pulled the six teenagers out of the water and brought them to the shore until an ambulance and the police arrived, he said.

The six teenagers in the banana boat were not wearing life-jackets, police said.

“They were taken in an ambulance to Khorfakkan hospital but one life was lost,” Major Al Naqbi said.

Police received information about the accident on Thursday morning.

Water sports enthusiasts have been urged to stay safe by police who asked companies to ensure clients wore life jackets.

Updated: September 22, 2017 02:19 PM