Wakeboarding is a popular activity at Hove Lagoon
A wakeboarder suffered serious injuries while carrying out a manoeuvre during a practice session at Hove Lagoon.
The 25-year-old was pulled semiconscious from the water after suffering a head injury in the incident.
He was taken as a “priority patient” to the Royal Sussex County Hospitalin Brighton where he remained last night, but was expected to be released shortly.
An event that was due to take place on Sunday at the lagoon was cancelled as a result of Saturday’s accident.
However, managing director of Lagoon Watersports Harvey Dawkins yesterday said normal practice had resumed.
He confirmed Sussex Police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, which involved a wakeboarder smashing into an obstacle used to perform manoeuvres.
Mr Dawkins said in a statement: “There was a serious injury to one of the club members.
“The individual was taken to hospital and his emergency contact was informed.
“The individual is making a recovery and is expected to be released in the next few days.”
He added: “The individual joined one of Lagoon Watersports’ wakeboarding practice sessions on the cable tow system at Hove Lagoon.
“The accident occurred when the individual collided with one of the plastic obstacles that the wakeboarders use for performing manoeuvres.
“Only wakeboarders of a certain ability are able to use these obstacles and he has been approved by the centre as competent to use the obstacles.
“Lagoon Watersports has strict and robust operating procedures in place which we believe have been adhered to.
“The police have been on-site and gathered statements and the accident has been reported to RIDDOR.”
RIDDOR is an acronym used by local authorities and the Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) to explain incidents which need reporting under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.
Yesterday the HSE said it was not investigating the incident and Brighton and Hove City Council said that while it wase not immediately aware of it, it would investigate.
A South East Coast Ambulance spokesman said: “A man was pulled from the water and regained consciousness.
“He had suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital as a priority patient.”