Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard officer was killed in a boat accident that federal officials believe was related to illegal drug-smuggling operations between Mexico and the United States. As such, two Mexican nationals are now facing criminal charges in connection with the officer's death.
This week, boating enthusiasts in San Diego and throughout the state and country will mark the annual National Safe Boating Week. To educate and inform boaters of all skill levels, especially in light of the recent fatal boating accidents in California, the United States Coast Guard is offering a list of safety tips aimed to avoid boat accidents, injuries and deaths.
At least three people have been killed and a fourth is missing following the third major boat racing accident in California waters in recent weeks. The recent surge in boating accidents has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to suspend all sailboat racing in the Pacific Ocean near southern California for the near future as officials work to determine the cause of the crashes.
As residents likely know, San Diego is one of the most popular cities in the U.S. for cruise ship departure and arrival. So following the fatal boating accident off the coast of Italy last month, it is only natural that San Diego residents and travelers from across the country are wondering: could an accident like that happen here?
It's been about a month since our blog last covered the case of an 8-year-old California boy killed in a December 2009 boating accident with a Coast Guard patrol vehicle. On the night of the accident, the young boy and his family were on their boat in the San Diego Bay enjoying the annual Christmas-time Parade of Lights. The boating accident occurred as a Coast Guard vehicle struck the family's vessel, killing the 8-year-old victim and injuring five others.
As part of our blog, we have been following the trial surrounding a fatal boating accident which killed an 8-year-old boy. The young boy died after a Coast Guard vehicle collided with his family's boat during a watercraft parade in 2009. The boy's family filed a lawsuit against the five Coast Guard members on board the vessel, which has slowly been working its way through military court.
It's almost Fourth of July weekend and you very well may be making preparations for a fun-filled boating weekend in San Diego. In the frenzy of getting everything together, make sure to remember everything you need to keep yourself and your family safe, such as U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for everyone.
The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police have completed their report on the boat crash that killed an eight-year-old boy last December, and they have handed it over to the District Attorney's office. Last Thursday, the families that were on the recreational boat were in court regarding the wrongful death lawsuit they have filed against the Coast Guard. They are claiming negligence and wrongful death on the part of the Coast Guard, accusing Coast Guard supervisors of knowing that the boat's crew was not properly trained or supervised. The families' lawyers say that they are hoping to cause the Coast Guard to overhaul its operations in San Diego Bay.
A San Diego mom was worried when her daughter told her she was going to join the crew of a fishing vessel headed to Alaska, but she felt her daughter would survive a wreck. The Seattle Times reports that she said when her daughter, Nicole Esau, told her of her plans, she had a vision of her in the open sea, floating on a pile of wood. That's exactly the scene Esau found herself in after a boating accident sank her ship Tuesday night in the Gulf of Alaska.
The family of an 8-year-old boy killed last December in a boating accident in San Diego Bay during the annual Parade of Lights is still waiting for answers from the U.S. Coast Guard. The boy was riding on his family's 24-foot boat along with 12 other people from two other families in San Diego Bay when a 33-foot Coast Guard vessel responding to an emergency call crashed into them. The boy died an hour later from blunt force injuries at UCSD Medical Center. Five other people on the boat were injured, including two other young children.