Boy, 4, Hurt in Watercraft Accident in Aventura

A child was airlifted to the hospital after being involved in a watercraft accident in Aventura Friday morning.

Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) say a man was riding the watercraft recklessly with a 4-year-old child seated in front of him along a canal in Aventura.

The boy had been a passenger on a yacht and was taken out on the Waverunner by an employee, FWC officials said.

The man then crashed into a boat, and the child was thrown from the watercraft.

The boy went head-first into the side of the boat then fell into the water. The child was wearing a life vest, FWC says.

"Just a loud bang when the jet ski hit the boat over there," witness Devin Robinette said. "I saw them when they got the kid out of the water, I think his parents and family were over here getting him out."

Officials said the boy was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. He was in stable condition with a broken eye socket, officials said.

It's not known if there were any other injuries. No further details were immediately available.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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