Photo: Jonathan Rivera speaks with reporters after rescusing Sean Kingston after jet-ski crash
Over Memorial Weekend, Jamaican singer Sean Kingston was in a terrible water craft accident, and much like his hit song “Fire Burning”, he had people shouting, “Somebody call 911!” Lucky for him, a off duty member of the Coast Guard and his friend were close by.
Early Sunday night, Kingston, 21, and his friend Cassandra Sanchez, 23, were enjoying a day in Miami, Florida. What happened to cause the accident is still unclear, but Sanchez said they were traveling “really fast” on a jet-ski when they slammed into the underside of a bridge. Police have already determined that alcohol was not involved.
Shortly after the accident, off-duty Coast Guard member Jonathan Rivera and his friend Jimmy Vega were traveling in Rivera’s boat nearby on the causeway. Rivera said he saw an empty jet-ski, a man, and a woman in the water. He jumped in the water and immediately saw blood coming out of Kingston’s mouth. Rivera said he wrapped his arms around the singer, keeping his head above water. He later told TMZ that Kingston was “convulsing and throwing up blood all over me.”
Rivera kept Kingston afloat while they waited 15 minutes for the police to arrive at the scene. Rivera said he told Kingston that he was going to be okay, to which the singer replied, “I’m going to be okay.”
Kingston was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition, but was later moved to the ICU. He is being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital for a broken jaw, a fractured wrist, and water in his lungs. He is sedated, but aware of what’s going on around him. Doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery.
The singer is famous for his songs, “Beautiful Girls”, “Fire Burning”, and his hit with Justin Bieber, “Eeenie Meenie”.