OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A man suffered critical injuries after being thrown from a Sea Doo he was riding on Wabasis Lake near the Kent-Montcalm county border.
The Kent County Sheriff's Department says Jordan Lee Kooienga, 22, was thrown from his watercraft around 12:11 p.m. Monday while executing a turn and knocked unconscious.
"When you hit the water going at a speed of 30, 35 miles an hour -- which is not unreasonable and is within the speed limit on the lake -- hitting the water is like hitting concrete at that point," Kent County Sheriff's Department Marine Supervisor Don Hamilton said.
The victim's brother, onboard another personal watercraft, saw him go into the water and rushed to help. Kooienga was found floating facedown in the water, authorities said.
The brother and some other people on a pontoon boat were able to take Kooienga to shore. Rescue personnel arrived and took him to a Grand Rapids hospital.
Kooienga was wearing a life jacket. Deputies told 24 Hour News 8 it probably prevented him from drowning.
"He was wearing his personal flotation device, which kept him from drowning, and he was not consuming alcohol, which are two critical things when you are out enjoying the water," Hamilton said. "It could have turned into a drowning if he didn't have his life jacket on."
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