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    Riderless Jet Ski

    Riderless jet-ski a fish out of water

    By Tracy Manzer, Staff Writer
    Posted: 03/26/2009 04:10:35 PM PDT



    (Long Beach Fire Department)



    More photos: Jet-ski accident on Fire Dept. blog
    LONG BEACH - A riderless jet-ski shot across the channel near Mother's Beach at high speed Wednesday afternoon, skidding over the beach, through a fence before coming to a stop in the middle of Appian Way.
    Long Beach Fire crews were called to the 5875 Appian Way shortly before 2 p.m. regarding an accident with a personal water craft, said Fire Capt. Jackawa Jackson.
    The driver of the wayward jet ski told firefighters at the scene the throttle became stuck in the "wide open" position and the craft took off.
    The jet ski driver fell off as the water craft shot all the way across the channel, just south of the Second Street bridge, at roughly 60 miles per hour before hitting the sand at the Girl Scouts of America headquarters.
    It continued across the beach, through a wood fence and rolled across two lanes of traffic, landing upside down on the south side of Appian, Jackson said.
    No one was hurt in the incident and the only damage appeared to be the smashed fence and battered jet ski, he said.


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    That's why you should keep the lanyard attached to your vest!

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    Wow! Thats Wild!!

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    I guess there will be a slightly used ski for sale soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangermtb5 View Post
    That's why you should keep the lanyard attached to your vest!
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    Yea i took a buddy out couple months ago and he got cocky doing some whips and sure enough he got tossed w/o the lanyard... i had to pull some rodeo skills and get the lanyard before it drove into marsh. I always remember to remind people that lanyards on the wrists are useless.

    Dam i wish a camera was present this would of been epic to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu_Boost View Post
    I always remember to remind people that lanyards on the wrists are useless...
    I clip my own lanyard to my PFD most of the time.

    Why would a lanyard be 'useless' when strapped to the wrist?

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    Shear luck no one got hurt...coulda been tragic

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    I clip my own lanyard to my PFD most of the time.

    Why would a lanyard be 'useless' when strapped to the wrist?

    I believe it would be pretty easy to slip off the wrist. But if it is clipped to the vest, it's not coming off unless something breaks.

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    But Why did it "RUN AWAY"

    Air leak
    Throttle cable seizure

    Why it kept going without a rider is another story. We all should know to attach the lanyard to our vest

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    It could have been an older ski. Back in the day, we didn't have any lanyards. I've had the throttle stick on my old JS400, plenty of time. Once, I broke the handle pole, while doing tricks, which jammed the throttle cable wide open.
    Luckily, when I fell off, I held onto the ski, and hit the kill switch.
    This kinda thing used to happen a lot, that's why they put lanyards on ski's. However, it's still possible for the little plastic clippy thing to break. I wrap mine around the little plastic thingy on my vest, then clip it on. That way, if the plastic clip breaks, hopefully it pulls the kill switch, before that happens.

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