Went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for my honeymoon. Went jet skiing with wife. We’re going along slowly looking at the rock formations that go into the ocean there. Big wave comes in from the side and knocks us both off the jet ski and into the water.
Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, we’re both decent swimmers, plus we had on life jackets, wouldn’t be a big deal. I not concerned yet, and my (brand new) wife was even laughing. This is when I realized we’re getting closer and closer to the rocks and the waves are crashing pretty hard into the rocks.
I go to grab my wife and pull her closer to the jet ski and we’ll both get on. That’s when I noticed the safety lanyard was actually TIED to the jet ski handle. It is supposed to come out if you fall off and cut the engine. It obviously didn’t. I’m starting to panic now because I couldn’t get to my wife, and I couldn’t get away from the jet ski (I don’t know how the engine works and what does or doesn’t stick out or if a hand or foot could get sucked into an intake or something, etc.).
Ok, I’ll just hop onto the jet ski, and worst case I’ll grab her and pull her to a safer area. With jet skis, or at least this model that we had, you can’t get on from the sides, you have to get on from the back. I can’t get to the back because the lanyard wasn’t long enough while tied to me to allow me to get to the back and get on.
(As a note, I don’t know why I couldn’t take it off my wrist. It may have been a slip knot that was too tight or by now I was panicking too much to think about that)
So at this point we’re probably within 20 feet of the rocks, I can’t get to my wife, I can’t get on my jet ski, people around us are yelling at us to get away from the rocks, I’m in full panic, and I remember the one thought in my mind was I’m about to lose my wife.
I guess adrenaline finally kicked in, I pull the lanyard as hard as I can, I stretch as much as my arm would allow, and I some how time getting on the jet ski with a wave so it didn’t tip me back in, and some how I get back on. I’m able to get my wife, pull her to the back and get her on, then we rode back to turn the jet ski back in.
As we’re going back she asks why we’re done. Apparently she never really knew how close we were to the rocks, she never noticed that the lanyard was tied and I couldn’t maneuver around it properly, and didn’t notice how much danger we were in. She was laughing at us falling into the water while I went from laughing to full on panic.Bottom of Form