Jet Ski rider hurt in mangroves near Lovers Key

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A helicopter flies over rescue vehicles that showed up to help a Jet Ski rider who was hurt when he wound up 10-15 feet deep in mangroves near Lovers Key State Park. (Photo via REBECCA OLLIER / WINK News)

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — A Jet Ski rider was hurt Sunday when he collided with mangroves near Lovers Key State Park, a Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District official said.

The 49-year-old rider, who was out with his family, was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital with a broken arm, bruises and scrapes, according to the district and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The incident took place east of Big Carlos Pass, Bonita fire Battalion Chief Brad Brown said.

“I’ve never seen somebody this far. He was probably about 10 feet deep into the mangroves,” district official Jonathan Whitlock said. “So, he was probably going pretty fast.”

Rescue vehicles from multiple agencies were on scene, and a helicopter could be seen flying above. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crew went to the scene with chainsaws to try to free the Jet Ski after the rider was rescued, but it remained entangled Sunday night.

No further information was immediately available.

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