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Old 08-31-2019, 05:10 AM
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Condolences to the family of the jet skier. A lot of lives ruined and changed forever.

19-239 Marine Unit Deputies Investigate Fatal Boat Crash In Madeira Beach

Boat Crash

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Marine UnitJesse Mayer (Driver- Uninjured)
DOB: 06/12/1984
Vessel: 37 foot Center Console FreemanRobert Krysztofowicz (Driver – Deceased)
DOB: 04/17/1963
Personal watercraft: Yamaha Jet SkiWhat:
Deputies assigned to the Marine Unit are investigating a fatal vessel crash, after it struck a personal watercraft in Madeira Beach.When:
The incident occurred at about 4:50 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.Where:
The incident occurred in the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway in Madeira Beach. Why/How:
According to deputies, at about 4:50 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019, 56-year-old Robert Krysztofowicz was operating a Yamaha jet ski, and was traveling northbound in the Intracoastal Waterway, just north of Tom Stuart Causeway in Madeira Beach.Deputies say 35-year-old Jesse Mayer was operating a 37 foot Center Console Freeman vessel, and was also traveling northbound in the Intracoastal Waterway, just north of Tom Stuart Causeway in Madeira Beach.

During their investigation, deputies learned Mayer’s vessel was traveling at a high rate of speed through a slow wake zone and struck the rear of the Jet Ski driven by Krysztofowicz. Mayer’s vessel then traveled over the Jet Ski and Krysztofowicz, causing fatal injuries.

Krysztofowicz was brought to the Madeira Beach Marina located at 503 150th Avenue in Madeira Beach, and was pronounced deceased by deputies at the scene.

Speed and impairment appear to be factors in the crash.

Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation continues.
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Old 08-31-2019, 05:37 AM
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I this the same Freeman that was pictured here a while back blasting through Johns Pass during a bad storm?
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Old 08-31-2019, 05:40 AM
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If someone posts that picture I will be able to tell.
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:11 AM
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According to Jesse's Facebook page, he's a charter captain.
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:14 AM
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If someone posts that picture I will be able to tell.
Wrapped Boat?

https://iontb.com/boater-drives-over...madeira-beach/
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:19 AM
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Wow so sad
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:22 AM
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Very sorry to see this.
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
Strange how everyone is blaming the Jetski on that page.
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by madhatter1 View Post
Raining in Madeira Beach yesterday. Wife and I were sitting at the bar in Gators on Johns pass. Could not believe what I saw. Large CC flying and not slowing down for the bridge. Came through bridge at like 60 mph and just kept going. Thought damn, he could have killed someone.

Well he did. Ran over a jet ski by Welch causeway bridge. Apparently never slowed down. According to police report he was I guess drunk(impaired).

Hope he looses everything and rots in jail.

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You might want to contact the investigating agency and let them know you witnessed the speed and violation of the wake zone, they would probably love to hear from anyone who might have witnessed anything before or during the incident.
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Similar thing happened to me years ago . Snook fishing late at night under a bridge and a CC blew thru the no wake zone going maybe 30 - 40 mph , just came out of the darkness and it happened fast . I was trolling lures in a 3 hp Jon boat crossing the channel under the draw bridge . I jumped feet first and pushed for the bottom and watched the prop go over me 5 or 6' away . Ran thru some anchored fishing boats and kept going . Them guys checked to see if I was OK and were pissed also .

RIP and prayers for the family .
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Originally Posted by Selser View Post
You might want to contact the investigating agency and let them know you witnessed the speed and violation of the wake zone, they would probably love to hear from anyone who might have witnessed anything before or during the incident.
Already did that.
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Is it this guy? Looks like he runs charters.

https://www.facebook.com/JamesGangCh...66152&fref=tag

https://www.facebook.com/jesse.mayer.96
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Originally Posted by ed d View Post
Similar thing happened to me years ago . Snook fishing late at night under a bridge and a CC blew thru the no wake zone going maybe 30 - 40 mph , just came out of the darkness and it happened fast . I was trolling lures in a 3 hp Jon boat crossing the channel under the draw bridge . I jumped feet first and pushed for the bottom and watched the prop go over me 5 or 6' away . Ran thru some anchored fishing boats and kept going . Them guys checked to see if I was OK and were pissed also .

RIP and prayers for the family .
Were the guys pissed because of navigation lights issues, or was your Jon properly lit? It was nice of them to stop and check on you . Not blaming you, just curious and they should have been going slowly.
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Already did that.
Good deal, sucks you had to get into something like that but did the right thing.
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Outrageous. I hope this idiot gets charged with murder and spends the rest of his days in jail.
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Old 08-31-2019, 07:55 AM
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Yes wrapped, Doctorweb.com or something like that. It was a terrible scene at the marina yesterday, I keep my boat in a slip there. A horrible gruesome scene.
And it was Jesse of James Gang Charters, I know him well, heading to the marina shortly, will try and find out what the hell happened, I know it was storming to the point of limited vis.
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Old 08-31-2019, 07:59 AM
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What a joke, people are talking about how "bad" the storm was and they both shouldn't have been there. I work in Largo, it's a daily thing with the storms and if you cant handle the daily afternoon rain storm in a 37 ft Freeman than you need to stay on land. RIP to the guy on the jet ski and I hope the freeman operator loses his business and gets hung out to dry.
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Originally Posted by Lobstercatcher229 View Post
Were the guys pissed because of navigation lights issues, or was your Jon properly lit? It was nice of them to stop and check on you . Not blaming you, just curious and they should have been going slowly.
Had those flashlight type nav lights .

It was the other boaters in the area that checked (I knew some of them) - the guy that blew through kept on going . There were 3 or 4 other boats in that same no wake area fishing that got waked and were pissed also .
It looked to me like a clean single engine Contender with no rods aboard - we always figured it was some drunk salesman from the Contender dealership a couple miles down the river joy riding a boat . Seems like a big deal today but back then we were young and taking chances and just chalked it up as another weekend with a story .
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So was this guy arrested?
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So was this guy arrested?
When I left yesterday he was still being interviewed by detectives, though I did see someone in cuffs getting escorted to a cruiser.
We don't know the whole story yet, for all I know the impairment was the Jet Ski operators, I'll know way more this afternoon.
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