A Popular Physician Dies in Tragic Jet Ski Accident Near Fenwick Island, Delaware
(BethesdaMagazine.com) Bethesda, MD- Stephen Greenhouse, M.D., a renowned fertility specialist died tragically in a personal watercraft accident. Dr. Greenhouse was 53 years old. He predeceased his wife and three sons, according to Bethesda Magazine.*
Authorities investigating the incident have released scant few details. What is known at this point is Dr. Greenhouse was riding his personal watercraft, a machine more commonly known as a jet ski, near Fenwick Island, Delaware. The doctor operated his jet ski in Roy's Creek when something went wrong. A call for help came into local law enforcement and first responders around 1:40 p.m. Delaware Fish & Wildlife Resource Police are investigating the incident. According to the report from the investigators, Dr. Greenhouse received treatment on the scene, but doctors pronounced him dead at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. Police said that they have no indication of alcohol involvement in this incident.
Personal watercraft are the second-most dangerous recreational water vessel according to the United States Coast Guard. Only open motorboats involve more accidents than personal watercraft annually. The Coast Guard statistics from 2017 indicate that 670 accidents occurred that included a jet ski. In those accidents, 46 people died, and 624 suffered a reportable injury. Out of those 46 who died, 17 people lost their lives due to drowning, and 29 people succumbed to various other causes, accounting for 7% of all people who died in recreational boating accidents.
A boat wreck can occur in a variety of ways. According to the Coast Guard, the most likely scenario for a fatality on the water is a collision with another recreational craft. The next most dangerous situation is colliding with a fixed object. Flooding or swamping is also a hazardous situation as is running aground. Interestingly, falling overboard is the fifth-most common cause of a fatal accident involving recreational boats.
Factors that lead to fatal crashes include alcohol use, speeding, and operating a boat without proper training account for the overwhelming majority of fatalities.
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