Tragedy at the seashore: Stephen Greenhouse killed when his son t-boned his jet ski in Assawoman Bay
FENWICK ISLAND – A summer outing at the beach turned into a deadly and tragic end for a Montgomery County doctor in bayside waters at Fenwick Island, Delaware in yet another in a long series of personal watercraft collisions that maim and kill each year.
Dr. Stephen Greenhouse, of Bethesda, Md., who was operating a PWC, was pronounced dead at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md., according to DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.
Greenhouse and his teenage son had rented jet skis and while using the watercraft on Assawoman Bay in Delaware waters just north of Maryland, the crash took place when the inexperienced operator struck his father, severing his leg and sending him into the water mortally wounded.
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers reported that a fatal boating accident involving personal watercraft (PWC) occurred at approximately 1:41 p.m. on July 28, 2018, on Roy’s Creek off Assawoman Bay in Sussex County.
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police said alcohol was not a contributing factor in the fatal PWC accident.
UPDATE: Personal watercraft operators in Delaware must be at least 14 years old. They must have proof of successful completion of an approved Boating Safety Course. Personal watercraft operators who are 14 and 15 years old are required to have an adult on board. Those who are 16 years of age, who hold a boating safety education certificate, can operate without adult supervision.
Obituary and Notice to Patients of Stephen Greenhouse Posted on Facebook by Shady Grove Fertility
It is with heavy hearts that we must announce the tragic passing of our colleague, Stephen Greenhouse, M.D. Steve died in an accident on Saturday, July 28. He is survived by his wife Robyn, and his three sons, Ryan, Tyler, and Dylan.
Steve will be remembered at SGF and in the Washington, D.C. medical community by the thousands of lives he touched in both small and large ways. His passion for medicine and for his patients was a driving force behind Steve’s professional life. His patients appreciated his expertise and loved him for his generosity of time and attention during a difficult period in their lives. His SGF family has known him as a kind and humorous leader, who always put the well-being of our patients and our staff first. He was a tireless supporter of our practice culture, demonstrating our commitment to patient care with words and actions. Behind the scenes, Steve helped to manage two of the most demanding aspects of our practice: maintaining a patient-friendly business office and risk management. He always resolved issues in these departments with fairness and grace.
On a personal level, Steve was a dedicated father, husband, son, and brother. He had many friends and was always ready to share a story from the last family bike trip or other vacation, or the latest book he read. Steve was also a quiet, but an involved philanthropist, working to advance the causes he and his family valued.
Steve is dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. SGF will establish a memorial to Steve that serves our patients into the future.
For those patients under Steve’s care, please know that your treatment is our priority. Our physician team will be reviewing all current treatment cycles and we will make arrangements in the coming days for you to connect with another doctor of your choosing. Your medical care will not be compromised by this tragedy.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 11:30 AM at Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville, MD, with interment to follow at Garden of Remembrance, Clarksburg, MD.
Donations in his memory may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org
The Shady Grove Fertility Family
WITH LITTLE IN THE WAY OF ANY SERIOUS INSTRUCTION ON SAFETY, ANYONE WITH A CREDIT CARD IS ALLOWED TO RIDE AWAY WITH ONE OF THESE 80 MPH POWER VESSELS AND READY TO INFLICT INJURY AND DEATH
National Transportation Safety Board report roughly 84% of PWC accidents involved operators who had no boating safety education or instruction.
Why Are There So Many PWC Accidents?
And How Can They be Avoided?
From Boat US:
What’s the first word that pops into your head when someone says Personal Watercraft (PWC)? Fun? Fast? Loud? How about crunch? According to the Coast Guard, PWCs have a higher rate of collisions than any other type of boat and there are several reasons why. The same person who wouldn’t dream of lending a motorcycle to someone who has never ridden one will toss the keys of a fire-breathing PWC to a neophyte without a second thought. And because of its small size, many people consider a PWC more of a dinghy than a real boat, but the fact is that a PWC is a vessel as defined by the USCG and subject to all the same rules and regulations as a 40-foot power cruiser. It could be that, due to it’s quirky handling characteristics, a PWC might require more experience.
In this issue, Seaworthy looks at PWC collision claims to find out why there are so many accidents and how to make riding PWCs safer.
The first thing that stood out among the claim files was that a large percentage of PWC accidents involved inexperienced riders. (USCG statistics bear this out as well — most accidents involve operators in the 11-20-year-old age group.) According to the claim files, owners were involved in only 18% of the accidents. The owner’s siblings (29%) or friends (53%) account for far more accidents (see “Mind If I Borrow Your PWC?“). Some PWC models have a special key for new riders that limit the power output of the engine — a good idea since according to a National Transportation Safety Board report roughly 84% of PWC accidents involved operators who had no boating safety education or instruction. In fact, 73% had been riding less than an hour when their accident occurred. Forty-eight percent of those injured had never operated a personal watercraft or had done so only once. MORE
Jet skis do not have brakes, require virtually no training or permits to operate at most rental concessions.
From the Yonkers Voice
Date: 06/18/18 Time: 6:45 pm Where: JFK Marina
THIS VIDEO CONTAINS RAW IMAGES THAT MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME. Yonkers, NY: Fatal Jet Ski accident at the Yonkers JFK Marina A 31-year-old man lost his life in a Jet Ski accident at the JFK Marina. Please Note: I am reporting this story as someone told me: At around 6:45 pm a 31-year-old man and his 23-year-old female companion (both Bronx residents) went in a Jet Ski and in about 10 minutes later their friends saw the Jet Ski empty coming down on the river, they called the Police right away and the search begins immediately, the female was found within minutes but it took 35 minutes to find the male, the body was already lifeless and CPR started but it was too late. YPD is investigating this accident.
Note: We were at the scene as this was happening, so our story has not been confirmed and there is room for error. As ALWAYS: Yonkers Voice is determined and focused in bring you NEWS in a Raw and Pure format. What we see, is what you see.
YONKERS –A Bronx man is dead after a Jet Ski accident on the Hudson River.
Police say Darel Reyes-Sanchez and a 23-year-old woman were riding the Jet Ski when it flipped over in the water near the JFK Marina in Yonkers around 6:45 p.m.
Reyes-Sanchez, 31, was found by first responders floating in the water unconscious. Officers immediately began CPR, but he was ultimately pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The woman was able to make her way to an unoccupied vessel moored at a local boat club where she was rescued and taken to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Police say it appears that both victims were non-swimmers, but were wearing personal floatation devices. However, the life vests were inappropriately sized for their bodies and appeared to be children’s vests.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Police are not yet releasing the name of the female passenger.