Woman dead and two injured in a jet ski collision in Nerong

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The power boat involved in the crash in Nerong on Friday. Photo: Twitter / Nine News SydneyA woman was killed and a child injured after their jet ski collided with a power boat in an inlet on the NSW mid north coast.


She has been remembered as a “lovely person” who was a very good neighbour in her community.

The 54-year-old died at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 5.30pm on Friday, while the eight-year-old boy suffered a broken leg, according to NSW Police.

The crash occurred on the Nerong Inlet at Nerong, which is an hour’s drive south of Forster or north of Newcastle.

The boy was taken to John Hunter Hospital. He is in a stable condition and will soon undergo surgery.

“They weren’t life threatening injuries,” Acting Inspector Troy Kauter of Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command said.

A 46-year-old man, the boat’s skipper, and a child were aboard the white Reinell power boat at the time of the crash.

It’s understood he sustained a broken nose and fractured ribs, but was discharged from John Hunter Hospital on Friday night.

The child who was on the power boat was not injured.

Local police and Marine Area Command officers are investigating the crash.

“We are mindful of the tragedy that has befallen everyone involved and what sort of affect last night’s events would have had,” said Marine Area Command’s Superintendent Mark Hutchings.

“The boat has been taken to a secure location for forensic examination.”

A friend of the deceased woman told the ABC she was a “lovely person” who was a “a very good neighbour, working neighbour”.

He said she was confident and experienced on the water.

“It’s just a tragic accident and the police now have to work out what went wrong,” he told the ABC.

“We’ve never had an accident here before — to my knowledge there’s never been a bang or anything like that here and I use the waterways myself.”

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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