A teenage boy has been hospitalised after a jetski crash on the Gold Coast this morning.
It happened in waters off the Esplanade at Jacobs Well around 9.30am.
The young man was treated at the scene by paramedics for shoulder injuries.
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He has since been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
It comes as the State Government urges boaties to put safety at the bow, with thousands of people expected to head out onto the water over the festive season.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said there had already been a spike in maritime fatalities for the year and the summer boating season promised to be busier than ever.
“Already this year we have lost 18 lives, which is triple the number of fatalities (six) for the previous year,” Mr Bailey said.
Maritime Safety Queensland marine inspectors, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrols and Queensland Water Police will be out in full force over the Summer.
“They’ll be on the lookout for boaties and jet ski riders who exceed the .05 alcohol limit, speed in six-knot zones or fail to keep their distance from swimmers and paddlers,” Mr Bailey said.
“So always keep in mind, you’re the skipper, you’re responsible.”