Jet Ski Crash at Jersey Shore Claims Life of North Jersey Man
A jet ski crash at the Jersey Shore has claimed the life of a North Jersey man, according to multiple news reports. The accident occurred in the middle of July during the summer of 2018 in the Barnegat Bay. The incident took place just after 3pm near the J. Stanley Tunney Bridge. The victim, identified as 62-year-old Robert Kaminski of Morristown, was pronounced dead by first responders on the scene.
What Happened at the Scene?
The accident involved two personal watercraft and the other operator was not injured in the crash. Motorists on nearby Route 37, which brings travelers to Toms River from Seaside Heights, were able to observe the scene on the water as local police, fire, and New Jersey State Police responded to the crash. A cause of the accident was not immediately known and State Police did not release a timeline of events related to the crash.
According to State Police, Kaminski’s jet ski was hit from behind by 35-year-old Francis Pietrowski of Sussex. Kaminski was thrown from his personal watercraft, which led to his fatal injuries. According to family members, Kaminski suffered a heart attack prior to the accident, which caused him to bring his jet ski to a complete stop. This has not been confirmed by the police investigating the accident. It is also unknown if the victim knew the uninjured operator who crashed into him or if the two were even out on the water together.
Tips for Safe Boating
If you are heading out on the water before the weather changes to cooler air you should do everything possible to stay safe. Safe boating is the responsibility of all boaters and those who operate on personal watercraft. One of the most important things to remember is to always have a life jacket for everyone on the boat and always wear yours when on a personal watercraft.
It’s also a good idea to always go out on the water with at least one other person. This is a smart move because the person with you can call 911 if there is an accident or if you have a medical emergency. When you are alone you might not be able to reach your ship-to-shore radio or send up a flare to get the attention of other boaters.
Monitor the weather forecast often before and during your day on the water. Don’t go out on the water if the forecast is calling for heavy winds, heavy swells, lightning, downpours, fog or other inclement weather, which can lead you to be involved in an accident.
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