MIAMI, FL — Sean Kingston appeared on The Today Show this morning to discuss his near fatal accident this past May, and his subsequent recovery. The interview began with Kingston recounting the jet-ski accident that almost took his life.
He describes how he and a female friend set off on a jet-ski for the second time that day. He was traveling at about 40 miles an hour when he realized that he was approaching a bridge. “So I went up, tried to go under it,” Kingston said, “and when I found out that the tide got high and I couldn’t make it I tried to hit the brakes and It was just too late.”
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The impact catapulted Kingston and his friend into the water. His friend was not badly hurt, but Kingston was severely injured. “My face was in the water, and that’s what crushed my lungs, because I was getting in so much water” said Kingston.
Jonathan Rivera, an off duty coast guard rescuer, happened to be on his own boat nearby, and jumped into the ocean to get Kingston’s head above water. Sean met his savior Jonathon for the first time this past Wednesday.
At the hospital after the accident, Kingston was almost ready to go home when the doctors discovered that he had a torn aorta. He had emergency open heart surgery, a procedure that has a high chance of being fatal.