Horrific Jet Ski Drama at The Wedge – June 25, 2016
Drama unfolds at The Newport Wedge as a horrible idea gets real. Two people on Jetski decide to race the waves and get demolished into the rip rap rock jetty. Heavy dose of humility through humiliation. We hope everyone is ok?
A couple was out for a cruise on a personal watercraft when they ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time: right in front of a 20-foot wave that crashed on top of them at the Wedge.
The bizarre accident near the Newport Harbor entrance at about 4 p.m. on Saturday sent the couple flying off their personal water craft and into the turbulent waters, where a big swell brought big waves and strong rip currents.
The watercraft was punted onto the rocks and stuck on the jetty, as bodysurfers and lifeguards scrambled to rescue the couple.
“Apparently, they were just kind of lost or something, He just drove straight in,” said Newport Beach Marine Safety Capt. Skeeter Leeper. “They rented a jet ski and they were at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
A handful of the “Wedge Crew,” expert bodysurfers familiar with the bombing waves were out in the water and jumped into action to help the couple. Lifeguards quickly reached the scene.
“The lifeguards and the Wedge crew jumped into action immediately, straight into a set, they did not the hesitate,” Leeper said.
Leeper said had it not been for the life vests the couple were wearing, they may not have come up from the dangerous surf.
“They were very lucky,” he said of the couple, who made it to shore unharmed.
The watercraft was washed out to sea by another wave, then destroyed as another set crushed it.