CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- WSOC-TV Channel 9 is learning more about the last-minute efforts to save a 9-year-old boy who died in a jet ski accident on Lake Norman.
Wildlife officials said the boy was on a jet ski that collided with another Thursday afternoon.
All people involved in the accident were children.
The accident occurred behind a summer camp, and camp counselors were quick to help and perform CPR on the boy.
The investigating officer told Channel 9 the boy was a passenger on a jet ski that was being driven by a 15-year-old girl.
Another jet ski, carrying a 14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl aboard, crashed into it. Nobody was injured on that vehicle.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that all four were siblings visiting from Phoenix.
Officers said the 9-year-old boy had head trauma, and the 15-year-old was also injured and hospitalized.
People on a nearby boat drove up and escorted the kids to the nearest dock, which was at Camp Dogwood.
The camp’s director told Channel 9 she is saddened by all of this but commended her employees for jumping in to help.
“I’m very proud of my staff; they acted professionally and quickly. Their actions and reactions were very good, and they were commended by the EMS (emergency medical services) and wildlife officers. as well,” said camp director Susan King.
Officers said the four children involved were from another state and were visiting family, possibly their grandparents.
They said the two operators of the jet skis were of age, trained and all the children were wearing life jackets, so it’s not likely their guardians will face any charges.
Wildlife officials said anyone between 14 years old and up can operate a watercraft as long as they have taken a boating safety course.
They are still investigating.