MIAMI, FL— December 1, 2011 – A violent Jet Ski collision on Lake County’s Lake Joana resulted in the death of a 14-year-old Mount Dora boy, according to recent reports by the Orlando Sentinel. According to information provided, the violent personal watercraft accident was reported to authorities around 3 p.m. on Nov. 27.
Nicholas Polk and his friend, Ryder Wayne, 15, were riding a Jet Ski on Lake Joana in Eustis, Fla. when something went horribly wrong. The teens were reportedly traveling away from a cove on the lake when they noticed a second watercraft approaching.
Wayne and the operator of the second Jet Ski, 15-year-old Daniel Cole, attempted to swerve away from one another, but to no avail. Reports noted that 15-year-old Robert Rumary was riding on the back of Cole’s PWC at the time as well. All four Jet Ski riders were ejected into the lake on impact.
While Wayne, Cole and Rumary escaped injury in the Lake County boating accident, Polk was not so fortunate. According to investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Polk, who appeared to have sustained a head injury in the Jet Ski crash, eventually succumbed to his wounds.
FWC spokesman Gary Morse told reporters the fatal boat crash investigation is ongoing.
Statistical data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) indicated 668 boat accidents occurred during the year 2010. Those boat crashes and accidents resulted in 79 boating deaths and 389 injuries. Statistics suggest Florida has more boating accidents than any other state in the nation.