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Hilton Head Island Tourist Tragically Dies in Jet Ski Accident

August 04, 2019

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – According to an online news report at, a 20-year-old tourist of Hilton Head Island was involved in a deadly jet ski crash in the area of Mackay Creek earlier this week, per the local coroner’s office.*

A 20-year-old woman died after being involved in jet ski accident.  The woman, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The woman was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was an active member of a sorority, per her social media pages.

There were two jet skis that were involved in the crash, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The other person on the second jet ski did not sustain any injuries in the accident.  Both of the jet skis were rented from a local company.

Personnel from the Bluffton Township Fire District were dispatched to the area of the accident in the early afternoon due to a reported “head injury in the water,” per a spokesperson of the local police. Several law enforcement agencies and first responders were on the scene of the accident for a number of hours.  A medical helicopter landed at the CC Haigh Jr. boat landing however, no one was transported.  The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is currently investigating the accident.  

An autopsy was performed earlier this week at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

In South Carolina, boaters who are aged 16 and older may operate a recreational boat or personal watercraft without having a boating license.  

There are several safety tips that boaters should follow when on the water. The top 3 are as follows:

  • Do not speed. Speeding is a leading cause of boating accidents.  Follow the designated speed limit and be sure to yield to others on the water.  

  • Do not drink and boat.  A significant percentage of boating accidents involve alcohol consumption, which lowers their judgement and affects their ability to react in time to avoid an accident.

  • Do not boat while distracted.  Eating, drinking, talking to passengers, texting, emailing, talking on a cellphone and fiddling with a radio are all distractions that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents.   

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