Investigators are trying to find out what caused an accident Tuesday morning that killed a man out for a jet ski ride on Lake Anna.
According to witnesses, nearby boaters tried rushing to the man's aid after spotting him in the water. Police tell us the 23-year-old victim crashed just south of Dukes Creek Marina, near Breaknock road in Spotsylvania County.
Witnesses said the man was going over the wake of another jet ski when he went airborne, and the jet ski came back down on him. A reconstruction team with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is in the early stages trying to determine exactly how this happened.
Witnesses brought the victim to Dukes Creek Marina right after they saw the crash around 9:00 a.m.
"They immediately helped the victim," said Sgt. Shuler with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. "They pulled him into the boat, rendered first aid and CPR and brought him back here to meet the first responder."
Crews rushed the man to the hospital. They didn't say if he died in the water or while under medical care.
Dukes Creek Marina General Manager Judy Jones talked to some of the people who performed CPR on the man.
"What I heard is two jet skiers were out there and cut across the wake," said Jones. "One of them went airborne and hit the other individual."
Jones says the man was vacationing on the lake, and he was jet skiing with his brother at the time. Conservation police with the Department of Game an Inland Fisheries say the brother was not hurt. In a friendly place where people can enjoy some fun in the sun, the images of fright and heartbreak from witnesses makes getting back to work very difficult for Jones.
"This day is gone - it's not going to be a productive day in any way, shape, or form," Jones noted. "It weighs on you. You think about it. You think about what can happen in a split second."
Police have not yet released the victim's name.
Anyone operating a motor craft in Virginia is required to take a boaters safety class, unless they meet certain exemptions.
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