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Jet skis collide on South Thompson River

One man was taken to hospital and another left on his own after two jet skis collided on Thursday in the South Thompson River. Emergency crews were called to the Valleyview boat launch off the Trans-Canada Highway just after 3 p.m.

One man was taken to hospital and another left on his own after two jet skis collided on Thursday in the South Thompson River.

Emergency crews were called to the Valleyview boat launch off the Trans-Canada Highway just after 3 p.m. for a report of a crash on the river.

Brad Grant and Sean Holland were unloading their jet skis at the boat launch when they spotted two men on the water. Grant said he waved at them, then turned to unload his gear.

"They were having fun," he said. "Then we look away and we hear, 'Boom!’”

Grant said he and Holland helped the men to shore.

"We towed them in so the ambulance could get them," he said.

Paramedics took one of the injured men to hospital with a broken leg. The other suffered an injured toe and left with a friend.

Grant said the incident served as an early-season reminder to be careful on the water.

"You've got to look where your buddy is at all times," he said.

According to Holland, the crash could have been a lot worse.

"There wasn't even that many people on the water," he said. "There was only two of them. If there was like 20, and there will be, look out."

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said one of the jet ski riders was located immediately, while the other rider drifted downstream before being found.