Jet ski operator suffered a skull fracture

The BC coroner has determined that alcohol was a contributing factor in a jet ski crash that killed the operator last summer. 

In their official report BC coroner Andrew Cave says 47-year-old Kelowna resident Patrick Paul Mangold, died from drowning as the consequence of being unconscious due to the skull fracture he sustained from the jet ski accident.

Mangold's intoxication was also listed as a factor as it was determined he was just over twice the legal limit with a blood alcohol level of 0.16 per cent.

“Postmortem examination revealed a skull fracture that would not have been fatal but would have caused Mr. Mangold to be unconscious. The cause of death was determined to be due to drowning," said Cave. 

Mangold, a former Kelowna junior hockey player, was riding his jet ski on Okanagan lake about 8:30 p.m. on August 24, 2013 when it struck a log boom near Trader's Cove.

He was thrown from the jet ski as a result.

Cave says no one saw Mangold hit the log boom, but it was heard by a person on a nearby boat. They were able to get Mangold on their boat and they took him to shore.

When he was found he was supported on the surface of the water by his lifejacket, but unfortunately he was face down in the water.

He was quickly taken to shore and from there to hospital by ambulance, however, he could not be resuscitated.

The coroner also determined that the log boom was not lit and would have been difficult to see as it moved up and down in the surface of the water due to wind and wave activity.

“[Mangold] died of drowning due to unconsciousness caused by a skull fracture sustained in a personal water craft incident,” concluded Cave.

“Intoxication with alcohol and operation of the personal water craft in low light conditions are also considered contributory factors.”

-- With files from Wayne Moore 



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