Levi Dixon, 18, was knocked unconscious by a large ray that jumped out of the water and hit him in the face (Picture: Instagram/Getty Images)A teenager was seriously injured when a giant ray jumped out of the water and slammed into him while he rode a jet ski.
Levi Dixon, 18, was knocked unconscious by the sea creature and the collision broke two of his ribs, bruised his lungs, and caused his brain to swell.
Dixon, an employee for Sea Monkeys Watersports in Hilton Head Island, was riding the jet ski with customers on Saturday in Skull Creek when he was blindsided by the ray.
He told The Island Packet: ‘I just remember going out on one of the skis to help with some customers that were falling behind…and that was the last thing I remember, and I woke up in Hilton Head Hospital.’
Although he does not remember, the situation could have been much worse for Dixon – whose life may have been saved by a beer koozie.
Thomas McDaniel and his girlfriend Joanna Whipple were on a nearby boat and witnessed the accident only because a koozie had fell out of their boat in Dixon’s direction.
McDaniel said: If that koozie wouldn’t have flown out…It’s a miracle he’s still alive.’
When is Eid ul-Adha 2019 and why is it celebrated?After he was knocked unconscious by the ray, Dixon was in danger of drowning, but McDaniel jumped into the water and retrieved him as Whipple called 911.
They were able to get Dixon to the shore to meet emergency responders with the help of another boater.
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Dixon was taken to the Hilton Head Hospital and later transferred to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah.
He was released from the hospital on Monday, although he will be in pain for a few weeks as he recovers. He is just happy to have survived.
‘It was definitely a miracle,’ he said.