Fatal Boating Collision Near Bethel Island Sunday Afternoon

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The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Marine Patrol Unit is currently investigating a fatal boating collision.

On Sunday at about 1:48 PM, Marine Patrol Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a medical call at Sugar Barge R.V. Resort & Marina located at 1440 Sugar Barge Road, Bethel Island.

When Deputies arrived on scene they discovered the victim was in a third party’s boat en-route to the Sugar Barge R.V. Resort & Marina. They were told CPR was in progress on the victim. Fire and an ambulance also waited for the victim’s arrival. The victim had been riding a Jet-Ski.

The victim, a 57-year-old man, arrived at the marina at about 2:04 PM. He was taken to Sutter Delta Hospital in Antioch where he was later pronounced deceased.

“A preliminary investigation found that there was a collision between the victim’s Jet-Ski and a Wave Runner personal water craft,” said Lt. Doug Powell of the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol. “The accident occurred in the area of Franks Tract and Sandmound Slough. Both operators had limited experience and no boating education.”

The operator of the second personal water craft was on-scene and cooperative.

Anyone with any information on this collision is asked to contact Marine Patrol at (925) 427-8507.

Source:
Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office.


4 COMMENTS

    • As the victim of a past personal watercraft accident, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of understanding how a jet propelled watercraft works before using it. The normal emergency response of an untrained personal watercraft operator is to let off of the throttle. This is exactly opposite of what needs to happen. Steering of the watercraft is provided by the direction of the jet flow. Jet flow is increased when you pull back on the throttle and increased jet flow results in quicker steering. Remember to punch and turn when you get into trouble.

  1. I will once again take the opportunity, given this unfortunate occurrence, to remind everyone in the area that 4 (self induced) PWC deaths ago the DB CSD and CCC BOS did all they could to restrict tow-behind water sports and did nothing to address the most unsafe ongoing situation within local waters. These politicos, crippled by tunnel vision, made up statistics and told lies to try to get what they wanted all while they were being told of the real danger and being given numerous specific recommendations to reduce the risk of serious injury and loss of life.

    myself and others stood before both of these esteemed groups of elected officials and told them they were going in the wrong direction and exactly what was going to happen…..now, sadly, it has happened 4 times.

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