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Jet ski collision at lake prompts airlift

Two jet skis collided in the water at Lake Pueblo State Park on Saturday night, sending a female to the hospital.

The 15-year-old female was airlifted to a local hospital after colliding with a jet ski being operated by a 17-year-old male, according to Randy Hampton, spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The female sustained injuries to her head but the extent of the injuries are unknown, Hampton said.

The injured female was put on a boat and taken to a nearby island so the helicopter could come in and airlift her out.

The unnamed male was not transported to a hospital. It’s unknown if he suffered minor injuries.

Names of the two involved in the crash are not being released because they are juveniles.

The incident happened just south of Juniper Breaks, a campground at Lake Pueblo.

The two parties involved in the crash appeared to know each other and were part of the same group, according to Hampton.

Hampton said the law in Colorado states people can operate a watercraft at 14 years of age if they have taken a boater safety course. It is not known whether the female had taken the course.

“That will be a part of the investigation,” Hampton said.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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