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Indian student dies in jet ski accident in US state of Florida

Venkataramana Pittala from Telangana was driving a rented Yamaha personal watercraft (PWC) that collided with another PWC operated by a 14-year-old boy from the South Florida mainland

PTI Washington Published 14.03.24, 09:39 AM
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A 27-year-old Indian student died after his watercraft collided with another in the US state of Florida, according to media reports.

Venkataramana Pittala from Telangana was driving a rented Yamaha personal watercraft (PWC) that collided with another PWC operated by a 14-year-old boy from the South Florida mainland on Saturday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

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Pittala was a graduate student at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis set to graduate in May, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds to send his mortal remains back to his family in Telangana.

Personal watercraft are tandem boats often referred to as Jet Skis, the name of a popular model manufactured by Kawasaki.

It is unclear if anyone else was injured, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.

The teen was listed as “uninjured” in the FWC report. It lists arrests as “pending", the Keys Weekly reported.

The FWC released an incident report on Monday with the names of the two people involved but no details on what transpired.

“This is a two vessel (PWC) accident resulting in one fatality,” the report states. “The vessels collided with each other.” According to FWC, 14 is the minimum age to operate a personal watercraft in Florida.

The report doesn’t state whether authorities have determined fault. Both personal watercraft were rented, it said.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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