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Woman tossed from jet ski, DNR looking for driver

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 18:58:54-04

Authorities at Lake Manawa are looking for the driver of a jet ski after a woman was injured Saturday night.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said 29-year-old Laura Goodburn did not know the man she was riding with when she was injured.

Park ranger Aaron Johnson said Goodburn suffered a neck injury and was taken to the hospital.

“It happened in the middle of the lake, and other than that we don't really know a lot more on the operator,” he said.

Goodburn told the DNR they jet ski was orange and black with a little bit of gold on it.

The DNR said they want to interview the driver of the jet ski and determine if what led up to the accident warrants criminal charges.

“We like operators to come forward because they are required to not only by law, but in this situation, when there is a victim with an unknown operator, they may also want to know who that person is,” said Johnson.

He said he believes everyone involved was wearing a life vest at the time, but the fact the victims claims not to know the driver is rare.

“Very uncommon for them to not know who the operator is, it is very important the folks know who the operator is so they can determine whether or not they think they are competent and there is also a lot to risk and there needs to be trust.”

The DNR said this time of year it is always good to remind people lake safety, to wear their life jacket and don't drink and drive a boat.

If anyone has information on the driver of the jet ski, the DNR asks to contact them.