Queenstown jetski crash a one-man mishap

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A suspected hit-and-run jetski accident on Christmas Day was actually a self-caused crash, Queenstown police say. 

A 19-year-old suffered a broken jaw and was taken to Dunedin’s hospital on Boxing Day – he woke up in the water after a jetskiing accident on the Kawarau River about 8pm. 

A search by a local helicopter, jet boat, Coastguard Queenstown and harbourmaster Marty Black found his mangled Kawasaki jetski about 200m above the confluence of the Shotover River. 

The injured man raised the alarm after mistakenly thinking a friend who had been on another jetski was missing. 

The friend was later found healthy at home and unaware of the accident. 

Queenstown Harbourmaster Marty Black initially thought the battered man was a hit-and-run victim, but sergeant Brian Cameron says there was only one jet ski involved. 

“It’s just a case of this boy having his crash and then waking up not realising that the other chap had already finished for the day,” Cameron says.