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British tourist injured in water scooter crash

A 16-year-old British tourist was in serious condition Sunday night after he crashed a rented water scooter into a dock near Blind Pass.

The Florida Marine Patrol said the teen, whose name was not released, slammed into a dock behind 7711 Bayshore Drive about 12:40 p.m.

Kenneth W. Anderson, who the Marine Patrol said owned the dock, told investigators he saw the boy crash and then jumped into the water and turned the teen over so he could get air.

The boy was breathing on his own when paramedics arrived. He was taken to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where he was undergoing surgery Sunday night for a head injury. A Marine Patrol news release said the teen was expected to survive.

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