‘Oh No!’: What the Jet Skier said just before hitting the Red Jet (photos)

OnTheWight have had a chat with Richard Bache, the man who captured the moment a Ski Jet rider crashed into the Red Jet 4 today.

RedJet meets JetSki incident by Richard Bache

Richard Bache was on the midday Red Funnel car ferry from Southampton today, taking photos, when he witnessed a Jet Ski crash into the side of Red Jet 4.

Quite how the rider of the Jet Ski didn’t see the large noisy boat is unclear.

Richard’s dramatic photos captured the moment the Jet Ski rider actually hit the boat.

Jet Skier: ‘Oh No! – Then the bang
“Just before the impact, I heard him say ‘Oh no!’, then the bang”, Richard, who lives in Shanklin, told OnTheWight.

Richard was on the Red Osprey heading back to the Island. He’s a keen photographer, so he was up on deck as it was a lovely sunny day.

Knowing the Red Jet 4 was due to pass the car ferry, Richard was poised to take photos, when he heard a Jet Ski buzzing around.

“Showing off”
“They were riding around the back of the boat and appeared to be showing off to the people out on deck of the car ferry,” he told OnTheWight, “The Jet Skis are so quick. We couldn’t believe we were watching it happen. People on deck were saying, ‘He’s going to hit it’.

“I commuted on the Red Jet for fourteen years and have never heard of anything like this.”

Richard said that after the impact, the Red Jet turned around to ‘have a word’ with the rider.

He estimated that the Ski Jet rider was in the water for about five minutes.

Police Marine Unit been in touch
The Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit has since been in touch with Richard. The area where the crash took place, by Fawley, is controlled by the Harbour Master and they’re looking at a possible prosecution, Richard told us.

No one was injured
A spokesperson for Red Funnel told OnTheWight,

“Red Funnel Ferries can confirm that a Jet Ski made contact with the side of a Red Jet in Southampton Water near Calshot this morning, Sat 5th November. The Red Jet was the 12.15 departure from Southampton to West Cowes with 45 passengers onboard.

“No one was injured in the incident and the Jet Ski rider was picked up by the Red Jet crew and taken ashore. No damage was sustained to the Red Jet and the Jet Ski was later recovered.

“The cause of the incident will be investigated and the relevant authorities have been informed.”

Ready, steady, go!
Here’s how it happened …

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RedJet and Jet Ski incident captured by Richard Bache
RedJet and Jet Ski incident captured by Richard Bache
RedJet and Jet Ski incident captured by Richard Bache

The RedJet then turned back to rescue the Jet Skier

RedJet and Jet Ski incident captured by Richard Bache

Image: © Richard Bache

Saturday, 5th November, 2016 6:25pm

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Mariner58
The professionally qualified seafarers, from all ferry operators, port authorities, workboat operators etc. are all fully accountable to the MCA and MAIB for every second they spend afloat, their livelihoods and qualifications depend daily on their professionalism and the rules that govern them are very strict. When that yacht sailed across the bow of the tanker one Cowes week, so close that it snagged it’s spinnaker in… Read more »
thebluehippo
Yet another gormless PWC owner putting himself and other users of the waterway at risk. I am willing to offer 100 to 1 against this dipstick having any form of training or qualification to operate this machine. The RYA prefer to promote education over legislation but the number of incidents and near misses caused by PWC users suggests to me that this is not working. Formal training,… Read more »
nico

Looks like someone tied his feet to the pedals, poor chap. I hope he’s alright.

Caconym

It *looks* like he intended to pass in front of the Red Jet, but badly misjudged it’s speed.

Rowan
Well done the Red Jet crew for rescuing him. I know they had no choice professionally, but it’s still magnanimous n the circumstances! Lucky the jet skier wasn’t killed – he would have brought it on himself if he had been. Let’s hope he learns from this. Personally I’d like to see jet skis banned. They’re nasty dangerous things that burn huge amounts of fossil fuel, and… Read more »
nico

…. and the loud, waspish noise can destroy one’s peaceful enjoyment of a beach and the general scenery, as much as if on a road.

I wonder if he will have been breathalysed. I would have thought that he had only to take his foot off a pedal in order to let the RJ pass – or would that not have looked cool :)

nico

As long as he wasn’t hurt, I have to say that from the photos it looks like an incident involving some hapless cartoon character :D

Martin

Foot off the pedal??!!

Great response, ban all Jetskis because one plum doesn’t know what he’s doing. You know what, while we’re at it let’s ban all cars, vans bikes and anything else with an engine shall we and get back on the horse and carts

CHRIS P LAMB

Never understood what pleasure may be obtained by getting soaked whilst going around and around in aimless circles. Most odd.

DaveIOW

I’m sure we all have little pleasures in our life that are incomprehensible to outside observers.

Life would be desperately dull if we immediately understood what delights everyone else.

I don’t fancy jet-skiing in the slightest, but I’m sure there are plenty of jet-skiers who don’t fancy trying my hobby of travelling the country to photograph trig pillars.

nico

You do? :O

I for one can imagine some fun in jet skiing, (apart from the constant engine noise),but I imagine I’d soon get bored, so livening it up by playing like a dolphin (as Mr Monkey says) in the wake of large sea-going craft might well seem like a good idea, :#

Mariner58

‘Willfully dangerous’ unfortunately doesn’t cover ‘dangerously incompetent’, it isn’t tolerated on the roads, why excuse it at sea?

Mariner58
The professionally qualified seafarers, from all ferry operators, port authorities, workboat operators etc. are all fully accountable to the MCA and MAIB for every second they spend afloat, their livelihoods and qualifications depend daily on their professionalism and the rules that govern them are very strict. When that yacht sailed across the bow of the tanker one Cowes week, so close that it snagged it’s spinnaker in… Read more »
Gary sparkes

Sadly it gives the rest of us a bad name,I know of this newbie and he is not very aware! I think he lost a £1200 trailer on his first launch! Readers please don’t tar us all with the same brush.glad no harm was done, I’ve a feeling that that blue seedoo spark won’t be seen locally again.

Diogenese's Barrel

What happened to PWC/ Jet ski?

Has it sunk?

Sally Perry

A reader on Facebook has commented that the Jet Skier’s excuse was he couldn’t see the Red Jet as the sun was in his eyes. Thankfully no one was hurt.

Caconym
Looking at the shadow of the white car on the deck of the ferry, it does seem that he was heading directly into the sun, and the sun was quite low, so this plausible. However, the question is, if he was blinded by the sun, which he would have been for some time looking at the line of his wake as he crosses the stern of the… Read more »
Island Monkey
Some of the comments on here remind one of the Daily Mail at its worst. Who needs to find out what actually happened when you can rush to judgement based on the photos? Only a moron would have crashed any small boat in to a Red Jet going at speed. The police and or MCA will find out what occurred here in due course, meanwhile it is… Read more »
DaveIOW
I agree entirely that rushing to judgement and condemnation without the full extent of the facts of this (or any) case is wrong. What does surprise me though is that there’s no mandatory training for people taking these small vessels on to a busy stretch of sea. I wasn’t even allowed to ride my bike to school until I’d passed my “Cycling Proficiency”! I’m no seafarer myself,… Read more »
davee
As I understand it. In the 1970’s the Royal Yachting Association was appointed as the advisory body to the government for recreational boating. At this time the RYA started their training courses for boating qualifications. Also at this time a lengthy discussion ensued as to whether boating qualifications should be made mandatory. There was strong body of opposition to this. Many experienced yachtsmen decided that this was… Read more »
Island Monkey
I just asked a friend who has a jet-ski, (a late middle-age Magistrate) what he thinks was going on here. He says it’s possible the ski was crossing the waterway and was attempting to cross between the red funnel vessels, when something went wrong. He says alternatively, jet-ski’s also often play in the turbulent wake of larger vessels, just like dolphins. It is possible (again) that something… Read more »
Old Knobby

Luckily he wasn’t a suicide bomber…

deeeeps
I am curious to know what RYA rules Mariner 58 refers to. As a retired RYA instructor in many disciplines and for a long time, and having held a bridge watchkeeping certificate myself, The only set of rules taught and applied by the RYA with regard to the rule of the road and collision avoidance is the IRPCS. I find it a bit irritating when people find… Read more »
Mariner58

It’s not the RYA regulations that are at fault but the manner in which far too many racing yachtsmen apply them in precedence to the overriding ROR irrespective of the responsibilities laid out in them and aggravated by the increasing use of navigational and channel marks as racing buoys.

Julie Frost
This is absolutely disgusting! This man should be prosecuted in the same way that a motorist would be on the roads if he put lives at risk! There were 45 people on board the vessel, who were no doubt extremely shocked to say the least, thank goodness no one was injured, No thanks to his idiocy!!!! I say put him and his stupid toy behind bars! Extremely… Read more »
Island Monkey

Yes, string ‘im up. It’s the least he deserves. In fact, why not sentence all alleged criminals before trial, it would speed things up wonderfully and save a fortune. So much better if they drive a jet ski or a car you don’t like.

nico

I suppose we can count ourselves lucky that “Oh no” was all he said :s Very restrained.

DaveIOW

Oh! For FuTHUNK

nico

:D

Philip Hawkins

Said to be commonest last words on cockpit voice recorders :- “Oh sh*t”

davee

Forgot to look to stbd, and also appears to have forgotten his lifejacket/buoyancy aid.