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A TOURIST was taken to hospital yesterday after losing control of a rented scooter.
The accident took place at about 3.45pm at Go Slow Bend in Nassau, along West Bay Street, where it appeared the scooter rider had lost control of the vehicle and struck the wall between the road and the sea.
A number of other scooter riders were on the scene, along with an ambulance and a police car, before the ambulance headed towards the hospital with the injured tourist.
A group of jet ski operators claimed yesterday that the government has lifted a moratorium on their industry and this could put them out of business.
"At this time we don't need the door open for persons to have an unlimited number of jet skis," said Philip Moss, who heads the Cable Beach Tropical Water Sports Association.
"It is not good for the industry because there is already a sufficient [number] of jet skis for the business [because] there is limited beaching space."
Moss said there are certain operators who are planning to introduce multiple jet skis to the industry.
"What's going to happen to the beach? This will turn Cable Beach into a battle ground because we plan to stand our ground," he said.
Moss claimed increased competition will lead to increased confrontation and possible violence among operators.
He added that some people already have a negative view of the water sports industry.
However, despite efforts to curb the negative image of water sports in the Bahamas and improvements made in regulating them by government, the high number of jet ski related accidents and in some cases loss of life has continued to taint the image of the sport in The Bahamas.
The U.S. Department of State website warns visitors about water sports rentals in The Bahamas stating that, "the water sports and scooter rental industries in The Bahamas are not carefully regulated. Every year people are killed or injured due to improper, careless, or reckless operation of scooters, jet skis, and personal watercraft or scuba/snorkeling equipment. Visitors should insist on seeing proof that operators have sufficient medical and liability insurance."
Two paramedics have been suspended following claims that they forced injured tourists to pay for treatment and transport to hospital.
The actions of the two-member crew are now being investigated by bosses at Emergency Medical Services.
It is alleged that two visitors injured in a traffic accident were the victims of extortion - having been told they would have to pay up-front for treatment and transport.
The tourists were said to be riding a scooter at the time of the accident, but it is not
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE country's biggest tournament, featuring teams from the primary to the high school level, is scheduled for December 9-17 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The 27th version of the Father Marcian Peters Basketball Classic, organised by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, is all set for teams in the private, public schools and Family Islands.
Tournament coordinator Michael 'Scooter' Reid said the classic promises to be another exciting one. "We really want to stress to the teams to send in their entry forms as soon as possible so that we can formulate the schedule in time," said Reid, a senior sports ...