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Teenager taken to hospital after Lake Norman jet ski accident

Two jet skis crashed into each other on Lake Norman Wednesday afternoon, causing one passenger to be taken to the hospital.

A single-driver jet ski driven by an 18-year-old collided into another, driven by a minor and another 18-year-old passenger, who suffered injuries to his leg and back. All three people involved are siblings.

The injured teenager was brought ashore by the other 18-year-old and taken by paramedics to Carolinas Medical Center after neighbors nearby heard the crash and screams and called 911.

He sustained a broken femur and pelvis, with possible back injuries, but should not have any permanent damage, said N.C. Wildlife Officer Scott Strickland, who responded to the scene.

The collision happened around 6 p.m. near Lake Norman State Park, according to the Troutman Fire Department, which was responding to the incident.

Everyone in the crash was wearing life vests and no alcohol was involved.

The injured teen is lucky, said Strickland, adding that it could have been fatal.

Lake Norman residents and visitors can take boater safety courses to learn how to safely use the lake. The Lake Norman Marine Commission, which works to maintain public recreation and water safety on the lake, updates these courses on its website regularly.

“Boating safety is our number one concern,” said Ron Shoultz, executive director of the commission. “We always recommend some kind of boater education class has been taken and passed the test.”

All boat and jet ski passengers are also required to wear life vests in North Carolina.

Lake Norman Jet Ski Rentals sends customers a safety video and checklist before renting a jet ski, including information about how to operate it and where safety equipment is located.

Employee Alex Bobyarchick said the most important safety tips for jet skiers and boaters are to wear your life vest, follow the 150-foot wake law and drive as slowly as possible.

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