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Jet Ski Business Owner Takes Recent Lake Lanier Accident 'Personally'

Boating industry leaders note that Georgia lacks safety laws that nearby states have.

 

The owner of the Lake Lanier business that rented the personal watercraft that was used in the recent injury crash involving Usher's former stepson said he takes the incident "very personally," according to a media report.

WSB-TV reported that the Waverunner was rented Friday from Aqua Sports Adventures on Lanier Islands Parkway. Owner Curtis Frampton told the station that he was upset on hearing the news of the collision that left Kyle Glover, 11, in critical condition in an Atlanta hospital. Reports say Glover, the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster, has been declared brain dead by doctors.

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Jeffrey S. Hubbard, a "friend of the family," has been identified as the man who rented the watercraft.

No charges have been filed in this incident.

According to the Department of Natural Resources incident report cited by MTV.com, Hubbard was operating the watercraft on Lake Lanier when he ran over two juveniles being towed on an inner tube by another boat at approximately 3:25 p.m. ET on Friday.

A 15 year old girl with Glover reportedly suffered a cut on the head and a broken arm from the collision. She also was hospitalized.

"I take it very personally," Frampton said. "Anytime any accident like this happens, I feel bad for the families."

Frampton noted that he requires a safety course for people renting any craft from his business. However, such a course is not mandatory under Georgia law.

A boating industry executive notes that Georgia does not have boating regulations that are on the books in Alabama, Florida and the Carolinas.

"A lot of people just don't know the rules of the road, to be very simple," said Scott Cunningham of the Metro Atlanta Marine Trade Association.

The incident involving Usher's former stepson is the latest of several recent accidents on the lake to cause death or serious injury.

  • In April, was killed when the houseboat that he and a friend were on was hit by a ski boat early on a Sunday.
  • In June, were killed when the pontoon boat they were on was hit by a boat late on a Monday. A Johns Creek business owner has been charged with boating under the influence in this case.

See also:

Donna July 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Speed zones in high traffic areas (around the parks, sunset cove, etc.) Speed zone at night - entire lake Better lighting on boats (especially pontoon) Require all boat and personal watercraft drivers to take a more extensive safety course and possibly require a license

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