New information is emerging from the ongoing investigation into the jet ski accident that left a retired NASA astronaut dead yesterday.
Capt. Alan G. Poindexter, 50, died Sunday afternoon after a personal watercraft crash in Little Sabine Bay at Pensacola Beach, officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.
Poindexter had been riding on a personal watercraft with his 22-year-old son, Samuel. At about 1:30 p.m., Poindexter and his son were sitting still on the watercraft ski when Poindexter’s oldest son, 26-year-old Zachary, who apparently did not see that the two had stopped, crashed into them on a separate craft. Poindexter and his son were both ejected from their craft and into the water.
According to new information from the FWC, Poindexter was still conscious in the minutes following the accident and was able to speak.
He was talking and complaining about rib injuries but he lost consciousness, according to an Associated Press report.
“He was talking to them about injuries,” said said Stan Kirkland, an FWC public information officer.
Poindexter was driven to a nearby beach where friends performed CPR on him.
He was then taken by Lifeflight helicopter to Baptist Hospital where he later died from injuries suffered in the crash.
Poindexter’s sons were not injured in the accident, Kirkland said. The FWC has launched an investigation into the crash.