Myrtle Beach, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A 4-year-old suffered minor injuries after being involved in a jet ski accident on the Intracoastal Waterway Tuesday afternoon.
Cpl. John Floyd, spokesman for the SC Department of Natural Resources, said the 4-year-old was riding on front of a rented jet ski with her mother when the watercraft hit a tree near the Fantasy Harbor Bridge.
The mother said while she was attempting to turn the jet ski, the 4-year-old shifted her weight and hit the steering wheel with her knee, causing the watercraft to go off course. Investigators said the jet ski hit a tree and set of branches sticking out of the water.
"She was trying to be a little safe by being close to shore to stay away from traffic," Floyd said.
Floyd said the 4-year-old had a slight eye injury and a swollen ear as a result of the accident. The mother received some scratches on her face and arms after brushing against the tree branches.
The 4-year-old was taken to an area hospital as a precaution to receive treatment.
Investigators report the jet ski did not sustain any damage in the accident.