5 hurt in Sea-Doo crash on Mountain Island Lake, investigators say

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Five people were hurt when two Sea-Doos crashed on Mountain Island Lake, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

NC Wildlife said the crash happened Sunday at the Riverbend Boat Landing on Eddie Nichols Drive shortly before 6:30 p.m.

The people on the Sea-Doos did not know each other, investigators said, and they don’t think drugs or alcohol were involved.

All five patients were taken to the hospital with injuries that varied from minor to severe. Investigators say there were two adults on one Sea-Doo and three juveniles on the other.

The Lucia-Riverbend Fire Department told Channel 9′s Dave Faherty they have already responded to four accidents on the lake over the last four weeks, including one drowning.

“When they’re out there riding, they’re riding erratically. And I say with due disregard, they’re just not really paying attention,” Fire Chief David Toomey said. “They’re just trying to have a good time and I understand that.”

The wreck comes one week after Willie Gray heard an out of control personal watercraft strike his dock at the home he’s lived in for more than 30 years.

“As you can see right now, it’s very calm, but on the weekends it gets crazy here,” Gray said. “And it’s still early in the season.”

Crews are urging people to make sure they use the kill switch on their personal watercraft and wear a flotation device when on the water. It’s something Tomas Suska knows all too well. He said five years ago, he was on a jet ski when he was struck and had to go to the hospital afterwards.

“Just got in a T-bone accident and didn’t have time to react. The guy was broken in two different places, so you just got to be very careful,” he said.

Faherty asked NC Wildlife about possible charges in the Sea-Doo crash they said the case remains under investigation.

This is a developing story, check back at wsoctv.com for updates.

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