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    5 year old injured

    Child injured in boating accident

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement division is investigating a boating accident involving a 5-year-old girl who was on a personal watercraft by herself on Lake Kathryn in Casselberry early Sunday afternoon.

    The FWC officers responded to a call from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office around 12:30 p.m., 5-year-old Madison McGinnis of Altamonte Springs was on this personal watercraft when it crashed on Lake Kathryn Sunday. (FWC photo)
    that Madison McGinnis, 5, of Altamonte Springs, was on a personal watercraft alone when it crashed. Preliminary information is the vessel went part-way around the lake, struck a parked personal watercraft, went ashore and through a privacy fence, and then hit a tree and stopped. McGinnis was transported by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

    "Little Madison is very lucky to be alive," said Lt. Jeff Hudson, FWC supervisor on the scene.
    It is unlawful (second-degree misdemeanor) for a person to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft.

    The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
    The operator of a personal watercraft must attach the engine-cutoff switch lanyard (if equipped by the manufacturer) to his/her person, clothing or PFD.

    Each person operating, riding on, or being towed behind a personal watercraft must wear an approved non-inflatable life jacket.

    A person must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft in this state and at least 18 years of age to rent a personal watercraft in this state.

    Operators of personal watercraft who are 21 years of age or younger, are required either to have successfully completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)-approved boating education course or have passed an approved equivalency exam and have in their possession a boating education ID card and a photo identification card before operating a vessel with a motor of 10 HP or more in Florida.
    http://www.northfloridanewsdaily.com/News/2008/0721/outdoors/160.html


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    CASSELBERRY, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said a 5-year-old girl was critically injured when a jet ski she was driving alone crashed and she was thrown into a tree.


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Madison McGinnis was transported in critical condition to Arnold Palmer Hospital after she was thrown into a tree following her collision with a parked watercraft on Lake Katherine in Casselberry, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Monday.

    "She is very fortunate based on the accident scene that I've seen and seeing her in the hospital that she is actually still alive," Fish and Wildlife Lt. Jeff Hudson said. "Little Madison is very lucky to be alive."

    Casselberry police said they are pursuing charges against the adult who broke a Florida state law barring anyone under the age of 14 to operate a jet ski alone.

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