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Published: 2012-12-18 00:00:00

A very serious collision between a power boat and jetski near the Pukete boat ramp in Hamilton late last week reinforces the need for all water users to take care over the busy holiday season, says Waikato Regional Council.

The incident – at about 8pm on Friday - left the jetski driver with broken ribs, fractured sternum, punctured lung, lacerated spleen and other serious internal injuries. The council has launched an investigation.

"Just like motorists using roads over the Christmas-New Year period and during the summer break, water users need to take extra care on rivers, lakes and the sea,” said investigations manager Patrick Lynch.

“We want water users to go home to their loved ones and to not have this time of year marred by injuries or worse. I strongly urge water users to make sure they follow closely all navigation safety rules and show maximum courtesy and care around others,” said Mr Lynch.

Navigation safety information is available on 0800 800 401 or at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Services/Regional-services/Navigation-safety/