Emergency services attend a jet ski crash at Loam Island on the Ross River. Picture Zak Simmonds
Emergency services attend a jet ski crash at Loam Island on the Ross River. Picture Zak Simmonds

North Queensland teen killed in jet ski tragedy

A  FAMILY is grieving the death of a Townsville teenager after he was thrown from an inflatable tube that was being towed behind a jet ski on the Ross River.

The 15-year-old boy was being towed near the Loam Island boat ramp about 1pm yesterday when the tube veered too close to the river bank, causing it to flip.

The boy was thrown on to rocks and suffered serious head injuries. He died at the scene.

It is understood the boy's mother was driving the jet ski.

A witness and a nurse who were passing by had already started first aid when emergency services arrived.

Family members and friends could be seen consoling each other on the Douglas side of the river - about 400m to the north of the boat ramp where the accident happened.

Townsville police district duty officer Senior Sergeant Scot Warrick said investigators were unsure what had caused the accident.

"We don't know at this point in time," he said.

"The boy was being towed on the tube.

"During the course of that, the tube has gone close to the edge of the river bank, causing it to flip and that's thrown the boy on to the rocks."

It is understood police conducted a breath test on the mother that returned a negative result.

"We have a joint investigation (under way) by the Forensic Crash Unit and the Townsville Water Police," Sen-Sgt Warrick said.

"They will cover all aspects of the investigation (including) equipment, speed, conditions and the experience of the person on the jet ski."

Sen-Sgt Warrick said he believed the teenager was the only person being towed on the inflatable tube at the time.

"First aid and CPR was performed for an extensive period," he said.

"CPR was commenced by a witness and a nurse that happened to be passing by.

"He (the teenager) was pronounced dead at 1.55pm.

"Family and witnesses were quite distressed, so we have put them in contact with counsellors to support them."

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is being urged to call Townsville Water Police on 131 444.


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