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Two of my friends and I were anchored next to the Island in front of the Prairie Island campground and were hit by a jet-ski. They came by once and nearly hit us. When they came back we waved them away and hollered at them. They smiled and waved. The 3rd time they came by to splash us again they didn't turn. They hit us full throttle head on! They hit the motor and rt rear corner of the hull. The jet-ski missed my buddy's head by less than a foot and my other friend by a little more. The rider on the back flew at least 15ft in the air and the driver landed on the tumbling machine with her face. It turns out the two had never ridden before. Think a little bit! If we had taken the old fishing boat we were going to there would have been 5 seriously injured and possibly DEAD!

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WoW!. Sorry to hear about your luck. No jetskier has any business getting even remotely close to a boating angler. I know in South Dakota, Jet-skis must remain at an idle (no wake) until they are 50 ft from shore. Then they can get on the throttle after they are clear of all docks and other boats. If that is the law in MN, maybe it will take some tickets to make them realize... I hate to get anybody in trouble, but its better than accidents and injuries.

The problem with those things is they don't have any sort of breaking system and you can ONLY turn if you are on the gas. Those 2 factors and new riders is a scray thing.

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Wow... I hope you guys are all okay and that you called the authorities. I'm all for having fun on the water but some people just lack common sense. Not trying to be too much of an old fuddy-duddy, but let me guess, both were under the age of 21 and under the influence of alcohol... mad.gif

If nothing else I'm glad you lived to tell the tale.

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They were 15 maybe, but not drinking. Just stupid. Who would drink before turning 21 anyway? Lord knows I never would have grin.gif I called the cops and they sent a CO out. It took about an hour. Winona county boat is out of commission. They had to page a CO. The kids were shook up and woozie. Possible concussions. We were just shook up and p.o.ed. The only bright spot to the whole day was the ambulance driver. She looked pretty good. Not as good as my wife of course. But pretty darn nice. The kids were healthy enough that they didn't get the ambulance ride.

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Here's my little jetski story...

My wife was almost killed on a jetski by a drunk boater on Lake Zumbro about 15 years ago (it was before I knew her). She dove off the jetski just in time and her seat was shredded by the boat's prop! Her brother-in-law got in his boat and chased them down until the sheriff arrived.

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Bubbadust makes a very good point. Stupidity is not restricted to Jetski drivers. I just wish all non-angling boaters/jetters would respect the rights of the fisher people whether we're in a shiny new bass barge or sitting in a less stable jon boat or canoe. I had a family in a ski boat fly by me in my canoe twice while they were pulling a kid on a tube. Pretty good sized river, plenty of room to play, but they felt the need to come over and nearly capsize me while I am within 30 yards of a bluff. Please people, let us fish in peace.

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So thats what happened. We must have come by right after it happened. There were 2 people in the water trying to get the jet ski closer to shore. Glad no one was hurt. Must have ruined your day. I know I would have been a little shook up after that. I fish there a lot and see a lot of dumb things going on with all type of watercraft. Again it's just a few who kind of ruin it for everybody.

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That would have been about 15 min. after the moron drilled us. We weren't gonna help. We just sat back, had a beer and tried to digest what just happened until the CO arrived. Our driver did not partake of the spirits of course.

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