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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Watery Wednesday: Jet boat



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New Zealand: land of extreme sports. Thirty years ago, we went on a jet boat ride. Here we were after an awesome and thrilling ride. We pretended to drive the boat.

Twenty years later, in Queenstown, I refused to go on the Shotover jet. The husband and daughter went.

Addition: Ginny asked how I became cautious;
The ride was very fast and almost dangerous. We were sitting at the back, and our friend D was sitting in front. The driver made 2 360 degrees turn. D went into the front part of the boat (That triangle part) and bump his head. Exhilarating as it was, right there and then, I decided not to go on another ride ever.

Recently there was a serious accident.
Five people flown to hospital after a jet-boat accident on the Waiau River, south of Hanmer Springs, were "very lucky" to escape with their lives.

Mechanical failure is thought to have caused yesterday's accident.

Twelve people, mainly tourists, were on board the Thrillseekers Canyon Adventure jet boat when it ran aground about 600m south of the Ferry Bridge, 7km from Hanmer.

The jet boat hit a rock and spun out, grounding on a shingle bank in the middle of the river.

12 comments:

Mildred said...

What a fun photo from the past Ann!

Elisa said...

It´s a beautiful old picture :)
I love it
Regards
Elisa

Ginny said...

How great that you still have the picture of that memory!! Has getting older made you a bit more cautious?

Ann said...

The ride was very fast and almost dangerous. We were sitting at the back, and our friend D was sitting in front. The driver made 2 360 degrees turn. D went into the front part of the boat (That triangle part) and bump his head. Exhilarating as it was, right there and then, I decided not to go on another ride ever.

George said...

I went on a jet boat once. It was quite a bit bigger than the one in your picture as it held about twenty people at a time. The fact that it was relatively large helped make the speed a little more bearable.

EG Wow said...

I tend to be a cautious person, Ann, so I think you are very smart to be careful. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I agree with you, Ann... I despise the 'extreme sports'--no matter what they are... I get so tired of reading about people hiking up an extremely high mountain in the dead of winter --and then getting stuck in the snow... The tax payers have to spend their money to pay people to go up those mountains, putting their own lives in danger, to save them... It's not fair... They shouldn't GO...

Hugs,
Betsy

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Lovely pictures. I was a big fan of superman myself, but batman has recently gotten more interesting. I like spiderman too.

Dee said...

I haven't tried riding on a jet boat. It looks fun whenever I see others on it. But yes, there are dangers so it's always safe to be really careful.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

We loved NZ when we went but those thrill-rides are frought with danger.

lina@happy family said...

I agree...it's a very dangerous thing to do...
After all you've been through; no wonder that you decide not to go on another ride...
Thanks for dropping by, Ann

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love your vintage picture. I think it is smart to be cautious.
Annette