Jetski Crash on the South River Followed by Second Jetski Incident
May 27, 2023 – Just before 10:00 am a 911 call was received for a jetski crash in the South River in the area of 1500 Widows Mite Rd with an injured patient. It was reported that the jetski had collided with a piling. Fire Boat 19, Medic 2, Engine 2-1, Fire Boat 2, DNR, EMS 3 and Battalion 3 were among the units responding. The patient sustained major injuries that required the Maryland State Police Aviation Division to transport to Shock Trauma. The landing site was at Edgewater Elementary school.
One hour later, as crews had cleared the initial incident, a second 911 call was received for another jetski crash a short distance from the first crash with reports that the jetski overturned with people in the water. No injuries reported at this incident. These occupants were assisted back to land by Fire Boat 2.
Cause of both crashes is unknown at this time.
We would like to take the time to remind everyone about watercraft safety as the summer begins. Some things to remember: do not operate any watercraft while intoxicated, be aware of your surroundings for things such as other watercraft, debris and directional markers, wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) and obey speed requirements for the areas you are traveling.
Our waterways are a joy, especially during the warmer months but please be responsible and be safe.