Five out of 14 passengers have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after the Shotover Jet crashed yesterday at 3.10pm (22nd November 2010).
It is believed an American tourist suffered whiplash whilst the others were locals. Operations have been suspended until the accident has been investigated.
Here are a couple of videos from You Tube just incase you don’t know what the Shotover Jet is. The jet propulsion used in these boats were developed in New Zealand and they are a very popular tourist attraction throughout the country.
Accidents are very rare in the boats, especially considering they are running all the time. Due to the design of the boats they can operate in extremely shallow water (as shown in the second video below) as there is no propellor protruding from the bottom of the boat.