Friends save man who crashed into anchored boat

People were out jetskiing Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Constance Bay, near the area where a 26-year-old...

People were out jetskiing Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Constance Bay, near the area where a 26-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday after he crashed his jetski into an anchored boat. (Danielle Bell/QMI Agency)

Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Quick action by friends averted what could have been a long weekend tragedy, after a 26-year-old man was pulled from the water with serious head injuries in a boating crash in Constance Bay.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, the man was jetskiing in an area near what is referred to as the point, when he crashed into an anchored boat and was thrown into the water.

A 911 caller told emergency crews of a thud followed by screams, with initial reports suggesting as many as nine people were in the water after a two-boat crash.

Several people swam out to pull the man up from under the water, likely saving his life, said emergency crews.

The crash, near Bayview Dr. and Lane St., happened about 75 metres from shore.

Paramedics say the man suffered head injuries consistent with a concussion.

With help from fire crews, who got the man out of the water, he was immobilized, placed on a spinal board and taken to Queensway-Carleton Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition upon arrival.

Several people were believed to be having a party on the nearby beach leading up to the incident, which residents say is a common occurrence.

It is unclear if alcohol may have been involved in the crash, which is under investigation by Ottawa Police.

Residents and beach-goers on Sunday said booze flows freely on the beaches in Constance Bay, where there is a lack of enforcement both on and off the water.

“There’s never any cops here,” said one man on the beach, beer in hand. “It’s party-hardy all the time.”


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