- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Two females injured in a boat and jet-ski collision Sunday evening are in serious condition.

At 8:36 p.m. Sunday, near Hobie Beach at the cove on Cheney Lake, a jet-ski flew over the top of a boat injuring two females in the front of the boat and the juvenile who was operating the jet-ski, said Ron Kaufman, spokesperson with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The two females were taken to a Wichita hospital, and as of Monday afternoon one had a broken collarbone and both had head injuries. They remain in serious condition, according to Dennis Zehr, a boating enforcement officer with the department

The juvenile jet-ski operator was sent to the hospital but was then later released Sunday evening.

There were six people in the boat, and all were either related to each other or friends.

Zehr said the jet-ski went over the 18-foot boat and out the other end, and the jet-ski acted “like a missile going through there.”

The jet-skis are damaged and the boat doesn’t have much damage other than a broken windshield and surface scratches, Zehr said.

Accidents like this are decreasing due to new rules enforcing people under 21 who are operating boats to have boater education — even minors on jet-skis need this education, Zehr said.

Although an investigation is still underway as to why the accident occurred, he says the juvenile didn’t have boater education.

Cheney and Kingman EMS arrived on scene, as did Kingman County sheriff’s deputies and representatives from wildlife and parks.

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