The damage to one of the jetskis involved in yesterday's
accident. Photo credit: Queenstown Lakes District Council
Two men were lucky to escape injury when their jetskis
collided on the Clutha River near Luggate, Queenstown
Harbourmaster Marty Black says.
The men, from Christchurch and Queenstown, were returning
upstream from Lake Dunstan yesterday when the accident
"It seems that the lead jetski stopped suddenly after the
driver noticed a big rock in the river. The other driver
either did not notice that he had stopped, or did not have
time to take evasive action, and the second jetski rode right
over the top of the first one," Mr Black said.
The men swam to shore and the jetskis were recovered from the
river before dark last night.
"When you see the damage to the first jetski, you have to
wonder how they got away without injury," Mr Black said.
Jetskis and other boats should maintain a safe distance of at
least 50m distance from other craft at all times.