Redwood City Boat Accident Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured
Authorities have released the name of a man killed Wednesday evening in a boating accident near Redwood City, CA. Yong Son, 39, died from injuries sustained when a boat he was on crashed into a channel marker buoy.
Details of the Fatal Boat Accident
According to CBS San Francisco, a 42-foot Catalina sailboat named the Bella struck a lighted channel marker buoy in San Francisco Bay at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Crews performed CPR on Son but were unable to save his life. One other person was injured in the collision.
Mark Leahey, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, said rescue was made difficult by shallow water.
The boat carrying Son and four other crew was participating in a race sponsored by the Sequoia Yacht Club. Wednesday’s race was the kickoff of a series of Beer Can races sponsored by the club.
Redwood City Police and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the incident.
Boating Accident Statistics
The U.S. Coast Guard provides the following accident statistics for recreational boats in 2012.
- That year approximately 4,515 boating accidents occurred that resulted in 651 deaths and 3,000 injuries.
- Recreational boating accidents caused an estimated $38 million in property damage.
- Open motorboats were involved in 47% of accidents, personal watercraft in 19% and cabin motorboats in 15%.
- The leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents was alcohol use and was listed ad the leading factor in 17% of fatalities.
- Nearly 71% of fatalities in boating accidents were caused by drowning.