Police are searching for teenagers who threw rocks at jetski riders, causing them to crash. Photo: Supplied
Police are searching for teenagers who threw rocks at jetski riders, causing them to crash. Photo: Supplied

Jetski crashes into bridge after teens throw rocks

Police are searching for a group of teenagers who threw rocks at jetskiers, causing them to crash into a bridge pylon.

Two 17-year-old boys were thrown from their jetski when it collided with the Duporth Ave bridge at Maroochydore about 3.15pm on Friday.

Senior Constable Mark Muddiman said one man was taken to hospital with a hand injury after trying to shield himself and his passenger from the rocks.

Police are searching for teenagers who threw rocks at jetski riders, causing them to crash. Photo: Supplied
Police are searching for teenagers who threw rocks at jetski riders, causing them to crash. Photo: Supplied

"There was a group of about six or seven youths who started throwing rocks at two jet skis," Sen Constable Muddiman said.

"One of the jetskis was able to accelerate and get under the bridge without being hit.

"The second collided with the bridge pylon."

A witness told the Daily the collision made a loud noise, but he couldn't see any teenagers throwing rocks.

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Sen Constable Muddiman said one young man landed "a fair way" from his jetski after being thrown.

He was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The riders managed to drag the damaged $8000 jetski onto the river bank.

"It was a complete write-off," Sen Constable Muddiman said.

Water police later towed the jetski away.

They are working with the Child Protection Unit to identify the teenagers who had thrown the rocks from the top of the Duporth Ave bridge.

Three of the teenagers had bicycles and were seen fleeing towards Ocean St. 

One boy was wearing a black shirt with red shorts and he was carrying a black backpack. 

Sen Constable Murray Lyons said the matter could have resulted in serious injury or death. 

"We would appeal for anyone who may have been in the vicinity around Cotton Tree or Ocean Street at the time of the incident and may have seen the group involved to come forward," he said. 

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online.


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