*Sean Kingston marked the one-year anniversary of his near-fatal jet-ski accident today by paying thanks to the rescuer who saved his life.
The singer was knocked unconscious on May 29, 2011 after the jet ski he was driving crashed into a bridge in Miami.
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Kingston and his female rider were dragged to safety by off-duty Coast Guard Jonathan Rivera and his friend Jimmy Vega and the musician was treated for severe injuries.
The 22-year-old spent several weeks at the Jackson Memorial Hospital undergoing surgery but he eventually made a full recovery, and now Kingston has reached out to the doctors and first responders who came to his rescue, admitting he feels lucky to be alive and have the support of his fans and best friend, rapper Ja-Bar.
He writes in a series of tweets:
”Today Is The Day That Makes It 1 Year Since My Near Death Accident.. And I Just Wanna Thank The Lord The (sic) Morning For Blessing Me With A 2nd Chance At Life… i wanna Thank all my fans for the Love, SUPPORT AND LETTERS I Love YOU ALL.. I Wanna Thank Jackson memorial And All The Great Doctors And Surgeon’s (sic) thats (sic) Worked With Me..
“I Also Wanna Thank @Jbarsodmg For Also Playing A Big Role On While Im (sic) Here Today Last But Not Least MUCH Love TO JOHN RIVERA.. THE GUY THAT DID SAVE MY Life JUMPED OFF HIS BOOT (sic) And Took Me Out (of) The Water.. I Cant (sic) Thank U (sic) Enough.”
*Singer Sean Kingston was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, E! News confirms.
The 21-year-old artist (real name: Kisean Anderson) was seriously injured in a jet-ski accident on May 29. He suffered a broken jaw, fractured wrist and water in his lungs when his jet ski crashed into a bridge in Miami.
Earlier this week, Kingston tweeted a picture of himself and told fans he was “feeling a lot better!”
“God is great!” he added. “Thanks for all the prayers and support! Love you all!”
*As Sean Kingston lies in a hospital recovering from his jet skiing accident in Miami, local authorities are considering fining the singer up to $32,500 pending an investigation into whether the crash upset local wildlife.
Kingston suffered a broken jaw, fractured wrist and water in his lungs after crashing into a bridge on his jet ski in Miami last Sunday (May 29) and has since been hospitalized. His condition has steadily improved and he is now said to be fully conscious, walking and talking.
Miami, where the incident occurred, has strict laws protecting local manatees, or sea cows as they are more commonly known. These laws state that water users can not cause a wake, or sea turbulence, in areas populated by manatees and those who do face hefty fines.
According to TMZ, the damage from Kingston’s incident will have almost certainly caused a wake to occur and if investigators find he is likely to have disturbed the area’s manatees, he will be fined up to $32,500.
Meanwhile, Kingston’s passenger, Cassandra Sanchez, confirmed this week that she will not be pressing charges against the singer over the incident.
*Singer Sean Kingston is said to be “walking” and “breathing on his own” in the Miami hospital where he’s been since crashing his jet ski into a bridge on May 29.
A rep told TMZ today,”Sean is breathing on his own and walked for the first time this morning. He continues to be hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. His condition has been upgraded to serious.”
The 21-year-old artist broke his jaw, fractured a wrist and had water in his lungs following the accident, which also sent passenger Cassanda Sanchez to the hospital. Sanchez spent a short time in medical care before being released while Kingston has been transferred from the trauma ward to the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial.
As previously reported, Kingston was responsive and spoke during his rescue, Coast Guard member Jonathan Rivera told TMZ, but the singer was also vomiting blood during the incident.
*The guy who heroically jumped into the water to save Sean Kingston says the singer was spitting up blood after his jet ski accident Sunday evening — but that Sean was responsive and even spoke during the rescue, according to TMZ:
Jonathan Rivera, a member of the Coast Guard, says he was driving his boat around Star Island on his day off … when he was called over to the accident scene by a man and a woman on a jet ski. Rivera says he noticed an empty jet ski, a woman in the water floating (she was wearing a vest and complaining her head hurt) and Kingston.
Rivera says the two people on the jet ski were trying to hold Kingston up, but they were struggling to keep his head above water. Rivera says Kingston’s size was a problem for them, as his life vest had come off.
So Rivera says he jumped in the water and noticed Kingston was “puking up blood out of his mouth.”
Rivera says he wrapped his arms around Kingston and held on to the jet ski to help keep Kingston’s head above water. Rivera said Kingston was “convulsing and throwing up blood all over me” — but said he didn’t notice any head trauma.
Rivera tells us he held onto Kingston for about 15 minutes, until a police boat finally arrived. Rivera says he doesn’t think he could have held on much longer than he did.
Rivera says when helped arrived, he told Sean he was going to be okay. He says Kingston repeated back to him, “I’m going to be okay.”
When it came time to get Kingston into the boat, Rivera says Kingston was able to follow directions, though he did need some assistance getting in.
From there, paramedics quickly came and cleaned Kingston up and rushed him to an ambulance that was waiting nearby.
Rivera, who says he didn’t recognize Kingston until well into the rescue, tells us, “I mean regardless of whether I was in the Coast Guard, I would have still jumped off to help him. He needed help.”
Jimmy Vega, who was with Rivera at the time and assisted in rescuing Kingston, talked to a local reporter and explained, “We were about to turn back around [and go home] when we noticed him. I truly believe if we did turn around, he would not be with us today.”
*Sean Kingston, whose 2007 hit “Beautiful Girls” made him a hip hop sensation, is in critical condition in a Miami Beach hospital after being injured in a bad jet skiing accident Sunday evening, according to TMZ:
Local10.com is reporting the singer had a female passenger on board his watercraft when it crashed into a bridge around 6 PM local time.
We’re told both Kingston and his passenger were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan.
The Miami Fire Dept. responded to the scene and both Kingston and his female passenger were transported to nearby Jackson Memorial Hospital. We’re told Kingston’s injuries are so severe, he is being treated in the trauma ward.
We’re told … at this moment, officials do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash.
Kingston’s rep tells TMZ … “Sean Kingston was in an accident today. No further details are available at the moment. He and his family thank everyone for the well-wishes.”
Earlier in the day, Kingston tweeted his water plans for Sunday to his more than 1.5 million followers:
“South beach… #nicee… bout to get fresh and cause that movie!!...”
Kingston’s real name is Kisean Anderson. He changed it to reflect his Jamaican heritage.