This is why we do not jump waves, swells or waves! Falls on board are the #1 contributable factor to injuries/accidents. As boating safety instructors this is one of our foundational Safety reminders. An operator can impact the helm (handlebars) be knocked unconscious, facial trauma, crush the trachea or damage their chest/sternum. If you are driving with a small child in front of you, you can crush them on the helm with blunt force trauma. Slow down when crossing boat wakes, if you do not have good operational experience, take your time to get comfortable with the trim and throttle features of your PWC.

This is a sad commentary on this woman's life, she had no inclination to harm herself, it is such a sad accident, a day of fun on the water, our condolences to her family in her memory and a good reminder for us to be cautious.


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An Atlantic Beach woman died Saturday from her injuries from a jet ski accident on the Intracoastal Waterway.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer said 36-year-old Shannon Fralicker was jumping waves on a personal watercraft about 1:30 p.m. in the Pine Island area north of St. Augustine when she hit a wave and was thrown against the handlebars.

Fralicker was transported by air ambulance to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center, where she died several hours later.

A man riding a second watercraft when the accident occurred was not injured.

Fish and Wildlife officers continue to investigate the death.