Beats the crap out of me
Agreed, but prop guard or not, the FIRST thing one should do regardless of how fast they're going/direction, whatever, is to kill the motor if someone falls over/they are approaching someone in the water. Sadly, I think poor training on the instructors part is to blame here. Will be interesting (not in a good way) to see what happens in court...this is a tragic accident -- but at face value, sounds like it should have been avoidable.
The kid was struck by the instructor's boat prop.
Was there a prop guard on it?
I'll up that to 99.9999999999%. This is extremely sad and I won't place blame between the trainers and the operator, but that engine should've been off.99.9 percent of JA instructor ribs do not have prop guards. Horrible freak accident. Agree more training is needed. Boats should never be in gear or running until asses are in seats. How much of that is covered in initial certification or powerboat license? Your lucky if they teach red, right, returning. Prayers to the family and also the instructor who is probably a fine young person and will live with this forever. This is a premier club and great people and it could happen anywhere. Very sad.