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The U.S. Coast Guard scheduled a hearing in early September in the case of an eight-year-old boy who was killed in a collision with a Coast Guard cutter, according to San Diego’s Channel 10 News.

The three Coast Guard petty officers involved in the San Diego boat accident have been charged with various offenses, including involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, aggravated assault, and dereliction of duty. During the hearing, the court will review the evidence and decide whether the case should proceed to trial.

The boy, a resident of Rancho Penasquitos, was aboard a boat in San Diego Bay with three families, who had ridden into the bay to watch the annual Parade of Lights. After the Coast Guard cutter collided with the families’ boat, the boy was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive his injuries. A four-year-old boy who was also on board had his skull fractured in the crash, but is recovering from his injuries.

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San Diego Bay Fatal Boating Accident

Cell Phone Use Distracted Coast Guard Patrol Boat Crewmember

In its investigation of a fatal San Diego Bay boating accident that occurred in December 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently determined that a crewmember aboard the 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat was using a cell phone. According to a news story, it is not known at this time whether the Coast Guard crewmember was talking on the cell phone or texting; however, the usage was not relevant to the vessel’s operation. An 8-year old boy from Rancho Penasquitos died in the San Diego boat crash that occurred during a boat parade, and five others were injured.

Recreational boating accidents in California can lead to serious injury and even death. While boat crashes involving Coast Guard vessels are relatively rare, this fatal accident has raised concern regarding the potential for distraction among Coast Guard crewmembers.

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