70-year-old man knocked unconscious in waterskiing wipeout

SAN DIEGO — A 70-year-old man suffered major head injury following a waterskiing accident Tuesday morning in Mission Bay.

The North County man was waterskiing near Fiesta Island around 8 a.m. when his waterski hit his head and knocked him out for about 20 seconds, a witness told FOX 5.

Lifeguards sped to the scene in a boat where friends of the injured water-skier had pulled him from the water and onto their boat, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Jose Ysea said. The man was unconscious, but breathing when pulled from the water. Initial reports said he regained consciousness and was speaking with his rescuers a few minutes later.

The lifeguards took him to shore on Fiesta Island, where paramedics transported him to UCSD Medical Center, Ysea said.

The man underwent surgery Tuesday, but his condition was not released.

Friends of the injured man told FOX 5 he’s an avid water-skier and in great physical condition.