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Woman dies after Jet Ski collides with boat

Jeanette (McClister) Bayne, 42, died Sunday afternoon when the personal watercraft she was riding was run over by a boat in Port Orchard Bay near Brownsville.

The collision occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Bayne’s 47-year-old husband was operating the 2007 Kawasaki Jet Ski with his wife aboard as a passenger.

The newlywed couple on the Jet Ski was running parallel with a friend’s 16-foot Sea Ray outboard boat when they crossed paths.

“They were on a parallel course, heading in the same direction and crossed paths,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The Jet Ski was traveling on the right side of the boat when the East Bremerton couple suddenly crossed in front of it, according to a report.

“The Jet Ski was on the right of the motorboat,” Wilson said. “When the boat struck they were crossing right to left.”

Both Jet Ski riders were wearing personal floatation devices at the time of the collision.

Initial reports state that the operator of the motorboat stopped and pulled the couple out of the water and into his boat. He reportedly administered first aid and CPR to both, resuscitating the man. Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue personnel arrived at the Brownsville Marina and provided medical attention. Bayne was pronounced dead at the scene and her husband was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy Monday and determined Bayne died of “blunt force injuries to the head and neck,” according to Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the collision. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Sgt. Jim McDonough at (360) 337-7145.

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