Tourist injured in personal watercraft mishap at Redington Long Pier

REDINGTON SHORES — An Ohio man was injured Wednesday after he was thrown from his personal watercraft near the southern tip of Redington Long Pier, deputies said.

Lauren Garland and Craig Dehart, both 22 and visiting from Perrysburg, Ohio, were sharing the watercraft and idling in the water about 11 a.m., Pinellas deputies said.

Dehart's father, Jeffrey Dehart, 47, of Toledo, Ohio, was also piloting a personal watercraft at the time and headed toward them to talk.

He slowed and turned it off as he got close, but it coasted up to the back of the other watercraft, knocking his son, the passenger, into the water.

Garland and Jeffrey Dehart managed to pull him from the water and take him to shore, deputies said.

The Pinellas County sheriff's marine unit and Indian Shores police responded.

Dehart's injuries were not serious; he was taken to Largo Medical Center mainly as a precaution, said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

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Tourist injured in personal watercraft mishap at Redington Long Pier 03/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:30pm]

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