Boy, 10, dies in Benidorm jet ski accident

14 Aug 2008 •

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy has died after being run over by a jet ski in Benidorm. The child, a French national, suffered severe head injuries when the water-craft’s rider lost control in the sea at around 7pm on Sunday. Witnesses say the craft left the water and skidded some 20 metres across dry land in a small cove near Benidorm’s yacht club.

It is believed that the woman who was riding the three-seater jet ski with her two daughters on the back, became nervous when she attempted to manoeuvre the craft and accelerated when she intended to brake, although this is still only a hypothesis.

The boy was rushed to Benidorm’s Levante Hospital, but was later transferred to Alicante General Hospital due to the seriousness of his wounds. The child lost his life in the early hours of Monday morning, medics report. Local authorities reveal that the accident occurred within the boundaries of the yacht club, and say Benidorm has no access route onto its beaches for motorised water vehicles. Such access routes would prevent this type of accident where riders lose control. Statistics reveal that at least 12 people across Spain have died as a result of riding or being hit by jet skis in the last ten years.