Fifty-year-old former astronaut Alan “Dex” Poindexter died Sunday after being injured in a water sports accident in Pensacola Beach, Florida, reports Space.com.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) said that Poindexter was Jet Skiing with his two grown sons near Little Sabine Bay when the accident occurred.
“Poindexter and his 21-year-old son were on one Jet Ski, and his oldest son was on another Jet Ski. Poindexter was sitting still in the water when his son’s Jet Ski came barreling into him,” said FWC, which investigates boating accidents. He was knocked off the Jet Ski into the water. Neither of his sons was hurt.
A Wildlife agency spokesman says Poindexter was pulled from the water and taken to the beach where friends performed CPR. Then they rushed him to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Poindexter was a NASA veteran space shuttle commander who flew twice into space.
“The NASA family was sad to learn of the passing of our former friend and colleague Alan “Dex” Poindexter who was killed today during a jet ski accident in Florida,” the space agency wrote on Facebook late on Sunday evening. “Our thought and hearts are with his family.”