Shore Excursion Accidents Don't Just Happen Here
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 16-year-old girl from New York state is in critical condition after a jet ski collided with the banana boat on which she was riding in the Cayman Islands.
A police official who was not allowed to be named under department policy said Saturday that the unidentified girl will soon be airlifted to a hospital in Florida. Authorities said the banana boat that the teenager and a 24-year-old woman were riding on Thursday collided with a jet ski driven by a 17-year-old boy. The woman was released from the hospital.
Police said all three involved in the collision were cruise ship passengers.
The official did not know the girl's hometown and had no further details on how the collision occurred.
I can safely affirm that the USCG rules we operate under here in the USVI definitely have a safety effect on any water activities - the licensing and regulations imposed are sometimes expensive and even overwhelming to all involved but it results in very few gypsy or unprofessional excursion operations - many people might be surprised at the constant adherence demanded of the mariners working here under USCG supervision.