How a tragic jet ski accident was avoidable

A coroner has found the death of a man who was killed in a jet ski accident in Tasmania’s far north-east was “completely avoidable.”

Launceston man Michael James Beames drowned after falling off a jet ski at Tomahawk in December 2019.

In her findings, coroner Olivia McTaggart said Mr Beames was thrown from the jet ski because of his inexperience and while trying to perform a manoeuvre know as a “fishtail” — where the rear of the craft slides from side to side.

She said it was yet another “completely avoidable” death of a person operating a personal watercraft.

The 35-year-old was not wearing a life jacket and could not swim.

He did not have a licence to operate a jet ski and had also never previously ridden one.

For the full story, see: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-13/tasmanian-man-jet-ski-death-entirely-preventable-coroner-says/100374850

Damian McIntyre

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