GEORGE TOWN: A family vacation ended in tragedy when a nine-year-old boy was killed in a jet ski accident in the Batu Ferringhi beach here yesterday evening.
Jordan Phang Wen Jie, from Selangor, died when the jet ski he was on collided with another machine ridden by his mother.
A post-mortem revealed that the victim died due to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries due to blunt impact.
Phang and his family had checked into a beach hotel a few hours prior to the 7.30pm incident. They are supposed to check out tomorrow.
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said police were alerted to the incident involving two jet skis at 7.45pm.
“Upon arrival, policemen found the unconscious victim with injuries on his face near their hotel’s poolside,” he said.
He said an interview with the hotel’s life guard showed several people, believed to be family members, had carried the victim from the beach to the pool to be given CPR but to no avail.
Paramedics who arrived soon later confirmed the victim dead.
“At the time of the incident, the family had rented two jet skis. The victim’s mother was riding on the first jet ski while Phang was the pillion rider of the second one, which was steered by a jet ski rental company worker.
“Suddenly, a gush of strong wind swept through, causing the man to lose control of his jet ski and grazed the other machine.
“The impact of the crash caused the victim to fall into the water before family members took him to the hotel’s poolside,” he said today.
Anuar said those involved in the accident had their life jacket on during the incidents.
A police report has been lodged over the incident.
Accidents involving jet ski and parasailing activities have been reported in the state time and again.
In 2016, the Penang government imposed stricter rules on how the operators carry on their businesses.
The new measures included stricter demerit system, which would suspend the watersport operators found flouting the rules, a new take-off and landing zone and a flag-based wind speed warning system.