Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Watery Wednesday: Jet boat
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.