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Woman dies from jet ski accident

33-year-old suffered medical emergency after being thrown from rented personal watercraft

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Aug 6, 2021

A 33-year-old woman from Ohio died after a jet ski accident last Friday on Fort Myers Beach.

The incident, which occurred near the Fort Myers Beach Pier, was a single-vessel boating accident according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Units from the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the scene.

According to FWC spokesperson Adam Brown, the woman was thrown into the water after the personal watercraft she was a passenger on, made a sharp turn at around 1 p.m.

“The vessel, an 11-feet personal watercraft with two occupants on board, was being operated in open water when the accident occurred. During an attempt to turn, both the operator and the passenger were thrown from the vessel.  While in the water, the passenger began to experience an undetermined medical emergency and became unresponsive,” Brown stated.

“Staff from the livery for the rented vessel arrived on scene and began life-saving efforts,” Brown said.

The woman was also treated by Fort Myers Beach Fire Department personnel and United States Coast Guard personnel upon being transported to the U.S Coast Guard Station on Fort Myers Beach, according to officials with the fire department and U.S. Coast Guard.

“After an extensive medical resuscitation, the patient was ultimately pronounced deceased,” Fort Myers Beach Executive Assistant Chief Ron Martin said.

Brown said the vessel had been rented from a local operator. The incident remains under investigation by the FWC.