Monday, April 02, 2007

Three Japanese Hurt in Jet Ski Collision at Tanjung Bungah

The party came to a crashing halt yesterday for four Japanese teenagers, and they are lucky to be alive today.

Moments after the four took on the waters off Tanjung Bungah on their two rented jet skis, they collided about 50 metres offshore.

One, who was not identified, escaped unhurt. Saki Nagashima, 18, had a cut lip, and 17-year-old Hayato Yukimoto bruised his back. Fifteen-year-old Chika Kimura had cuts on her chin.

The trio received outpatient treatment at Penang Hospital. The four are visiting Penang on their own.

Jet ski operator Rosli Hussain, 40, said he explained how to safely operate the water scooters when the four hired them just before 2pm.
"I was keeping an eye on them, and I saw them bang into each other shortly after they took to the water. A colleague and I jumped into a speedboat and plucked them out of the water. They were in pain, but luckily they were not badly hurt," he said.

A Bagan Jermal Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said they were notified at 2.13pm. The three were receiving first aid when the firemen got there.

Yesterday’s accident comes almost a year to the day after a 20-year-old Australian visitor, Kathryn Sheppard Irwin, died in a jet ski accident off Monkey Beach at Teluk Bahang on April 6.

State Tourism Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said jet ski users should be careful.

"The operators should also advise those who rent the water scooters to watch out for their own safety and that of others."

Source : NST
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