Natural Resources Police Investigate Fatal Jet Ski Collision
WILLIAMSPORT -Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating a fatal jet ski collision tonight in Western Maryland. The accident happened today at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the Potomac River.
James Robert Mulvey, age 39, of Frederick, was riding a jet ski at a slow speed next to his girlfriend, Rosemary Elizabeth Stine, age 40, also of Frederick when the wake from a boat caused the two jet skis, or personal watercraft, to collide near Dam 4 and the Big Slack water area. Upon impact, Stine was thrown 15-20 feet but did not sustain injuries. NRP preliminarily believed that Mulvey sustained chest trauma from the impact of the collision.
He was initially taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, but when his condition appeared more serious, he was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mulvey’s body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for autopsy.
It is not believed alcohol was a factor in the incident. Maryland state law prohibits the operation of a jet ski at a speed of more than 6 knots within 100 feet of any shoreline, structure, or other vessel. However, according to the initial investigation, Stine and Mulvey were operating the vessels at a speed less than 6 knots.
As standard with any boat collision, Natural Resources Police will continue to investigate this incident.
Posted July 6, 2004