On February 7th, The Watercraft Journal published an article concerning a woman who was transported to a hospital after a jet ski crash in Borneo. Very few details were available during the time of writing. Little did we know, the woman was a popular 14-year-old stand up jet ski racer, Nurul Hannahdean Baharuddin. She was competing in the final round of the Brunei Jet Sports Association (BJSA) Enduro Jet Ski Challenge. The event was held on February 4th at the Serasa Water Sports Complex in Borneo.
A source who wished to remain anonymous provided details that we were unaware of at the time of writing the initial article. The person let us know that the event followed the strict protocol set forth by UIM. It also adhered to the IJSBA’s racing guidelines including the mandatory presence of rescue personnel. All of the competitors were required to wear the appropriate safety gear and all were in compliance with the rule.
According to our source, a freak accident took place on the water. Hannah suffered life threatening injuries when she and a fellow competitor crashed. Bahar was immediately pulled from the water and rushed to the hospital by local paramedics who were on scene. Bahar remained in the hospital until taken off life support February 11th.
She hailed from a long line of jet ski racers who are a respected part of the regional PWC scene. Hannah was sponsored by VictoryAthletes Brand. A company representative shared sincere condolences on their Instagram account. She was also a member of the Dean’s Racing Team and raced in the 2016 Kings Cup held in Thailand. #hannah53 will be missed by many. We at the Watercraft Journal send our deepest condolences to Hannah’s family.