The Tasmanian Maritime Safety Authority says it is “unbelievable” that no one was injured when a jet ski crashed into a wooden gangway near a Derwent Valley boat ramp on Saturday after- midday.
Marine and Safety Tasmania posted video of the incident at the Millbrook Rise boat launch in New Norfolk on social media.
“It shows a jet ski with no one riding it climbing over the pontoon, which is adjacent to the boat launch, flying through the air the full length of the boat ramp and s’ crash into a wooden walkway in front of the floating pontoon, “MAST general director Peter Hopkins told UKTN Radio Hobart.
“Only about an hour before that happened, there were kids swimming on the boat launch, an adult was swimming on that boat launch,” he said.
“It’s just amazing that no one was hurt.”
He said it appeared the throttle was stuck and the pilot was not wearing a kill switch.
“If he had worn a circuit breaker, the engine would have cut off.”
Mr. Hopkins said he could not estimate how fast the jet ski was moving other than it was “over 25 knots”.
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Swimmers warned of the dangers
Mr Hopkins also warned swimmers about the dangers of swimming near the Millbrook Rise boat launch.
“We have seen people launch [boats] around people swimming on the ramp and it’s only a matter of time before there’s an injury up there, ”he said.
Mr Hopkins said there are “fantastic” jet ski operators in Tasmania and the Jet Sports Boating Club promotes responsible use of the jet ski.
“The majority of our complaints at MAST are about the jet skis and the way they are ridden – near beaches, swimmers over five knots, things like that.