MIAMI, FL—June 1, 2011 – Singer and Miami native Sean Kingston remained hospitalized with serious injuries on May 31, 2011, two days after the jet ski he was operating crashed into a bridge. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) stated that both the famed musician and a 23-year-old female passenger suffered injuries in the Miami Beach jet ski crash, as reported by CNN.
According to Joe Carozza, a publicist for Sean Kingston’s record label, Epic Records, “Sean Kingston is currently in critical but stable condition at Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center… Sean’s family asks for privacy at this time but is thankful to his friends, family and fans for their outpouring of prayers and well wishes.”
While details into the jet ski accident remained somewhat scarce, FWC spokesman Jorge Pino told Associated Press reporters that the 21-year-old R&B singer’s Sea Doo jet ski crashed into the Palm Island Bridge at approximately 6 p.m. on May 29. A female passenger, 23-year-old Cassandra Sanchez was also involved in the jet boat crash. Sanchez sustained undisclosed injuries and was also rushed to the hospital after the watercraft accident. The extent of Kingston’s injuries remained unknown.
Carmen Rivera was boating in the area when Kingston crashed his jet ski into the Miami Bridge. “They were calling us over, telling us, ‘He’s drowning, he’s drowning,’” Rivera said.
Though it was not clear what caused the well-known singer to apparently lose control of his watercraft and crash into the bridge, investigations into the violent Miami Beach jet boat accident were expected to be underway.
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) statistics suggested that during the year 2009, there were 736 boating accident fatalities, with approximately 1 in 4 recreational boating accidents (22 percent of the total count—4,730) involving personal watercrafts (PWC).
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