Personal Watercraft Accident On Bay Leaves Arundel Man Critically Injured

April 28, 1997

A 25-year-old Anne Arundel County man is in critical condition at Prince George's Hospital Center shock trauma unit after hitting his head on his personal watercraft Saturday afternoon on the Chesapeake Bay north of the Bay Bridge, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Philip J. Martinez, of the 7300 block of S. Robin Court, Hanover, was on a personal watercraft on the bay just off Podickory Point near the mouth of the Magothy River when the accident occurred at 6: 17 p.m., police said. Martinez was jumping over the wake of a passing boat when he lost control of his watercraft, hit his head and fell unconscious, police said.

Martinez's two friends, who were also on personal watercraft, laid him on his back on the water to make sure he didn't sink, police said. When police and fire department volunteers reached the site, they stabilized him and brought him back to shore, they said. Martinez was flown to the shock trauma unit in Cheverly, police said.

Richard McIntire, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman, said the incident, which precedes the traditional start of boating season on Memorial Day, was the first watercraft accident on the west coast of the bay this year. He said jumping the wakes of boats is permitted on the bay, but it may only be done at least 100 feet from a dock, pier or people using personal watercraft. McIntire said he believes Martinez was not violating this rule.

Police are investigating the accident.

Pub Date: 4/28/97

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