California Bay, CA: Deputies from the Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a fatal boat accident.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 12:49 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/ Colorado River Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a fatal boating accident in California Bay on Lake Havasu, located south of Havasu Lake, California and southwest of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
The operator and 4 passengers left the Bridgewater Channel and headed south on Lake Havasu when the operator, identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station as 26 year old Ismael Aguilar Ortiz from Mesa, Arizona, stopped the vessel and jumped into the water to cool off.
The vessel drifted away from Ortiz due to the high winds and waves.
Ortiz was struggling when a female passenger placed the boat in reverse in attempt to get closer to Ortiz.
The vessel was still in reverse when the female operator left the helm and attempted to assist Ortiz out of the water.
Ortiz was later struck by the moving propeller of the vessel and later succumbed to his injuries.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.
This accident is under investigation and any witnesses are urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office at: 1 (760)326-9200 with any information.
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