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1 Injured in Carlsbad Jet Ski Crash

One person was seriously injured in Carlsbad after a jet ski crash, Carlsbad Fire Department officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon in the Carlsbad Lagoon, near California Water Sports. 

Two jet skiers were out having fun when one hit the other from behind, witnesses said. One man, 47, fell off and hit his head on the other jet ski. 

Employees from California Water Sports rushed to save the victim, strapping him to a paddleboard and towing him to land. He suffered a large cut on his head and had to undergo surgery at a local hospital.

He is expected to recover.

Meanwhile, police said the second jet skier fled the scene of the collision, which means this could be considered a hit-and-run. Police said the person on that jet ski could face charges for leaving the scene. That person has not yet been identified.

Investigators say the crash is a dangerous reminder of the dangers of jet skiing and the legalities.

"It is illegal and unsafe to ride up quickly on a jet ski, spin and try and spray your buddies with the jet," said Sergeant Mike Larson with Carlsbad Police.

The incident is under investigation. Police say it is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

No other information was immediately available.

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