Several people were injured during a Jet Ski accident on Thursday, June 5 around lunchtime at Little River Inlet.
According to the Sunset Fire Department, five people were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. All the victims were treated and released with no significant injuries.
Witnesses say the people injured were on a Jet Ski tour. They said the waves got so large they knocked several people off the watercrafts. The waves then pushed the people into rocks in the area.
"It was really scary," Josh Roberts, one of the victims said. "I mean it's really scary even getting thrown off of your Jet Ski when you are in the ocean, without rocks. Being out on the rocks, just being stranded that's something that's all you can say is it is scary."
Roberts said he and his wife were on their honeymoon, and were led on their guided tour into the rougher waters.
"The Jet Ski actually fell on top of her, I didn't realize the pain, I had to force her onto the rock because she couldn't move," Roberts explained.
The couple along with several others from the tour group were stranded on the rocks, hoping someone would see them.
Luckily, members of the Sunset Beach Fire Department were in the right place at the right time, training for the same type of scenario.
"We were out there doing some training and a couple of the guys noticed the Jet Skis caught on the rocks," said Deputy Chief Richard Childress.
Immediately they put all their recent training into use, and hurried to rescue the individuals.
"We found five people caught in on the rocks," he said. "They couldn't move and the waves were crashing down on them pretty hard."
Childress said members of the fire department always take part in a water rescue training, but this year they decided to hold a special training focusing on how to navigate boats through rougher waters. A training he said came into use Thursday.
"We had to get close to the rocks without hitting the boat and doing damage to the boat, we had been working on that," said Childress.
Roberts said he was glad help was nearby.
"They might not have been as quick, but because they were here on site they were, that was just pure luck," said Roberts.
There's no word yet on if any charges will be filed. According to officials, the jet ski company was taking skiers out during a small craft advisory warning.
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