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Police: US tourist killed by watercraft in Jamaica

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 | 4:31 p.m.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica say an American man vacationing on the island died after being hit in the head by a personal watercraft.

Constable Carla Francis of the police force's communications office identifies the dead man as Thomas Torres of Las Vegas, Nevada.

She says Torres was swimming in the sea off the resort town of Negril on Tuesday when he was hit by the watercraft. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Francis says police have detained one person but no charges have been filed.

Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill announced in October a six-month ban on the importation of new watercraft. He said regulations on the safe usage of Jet Skis and other machines would be strengthened and enforced.

The ministry has not commented on Tuesday's death.