7-Year-Old Boy Killed in Tragic Boating Accident

A 7-year-old San Diego boy who died in a tragic boating accident is identified as young Sebastien Felix of Bonita, according to CBS News 8. The boy fell off the boat as it docked near National City after a fishing expedition with the boy’s father, uncle and a family friend.

The boat operator was docking near the mouth of the Sweetwater River when the boy fell over and was struck by the boat’s propeller.  One of the men jumped in and rescued young Felix, who was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital where he died from his injuries. No alcohol was involved in the accident, and no charges are expected to be filed.

“We don’t know if he was trying to jump off to help his dad dock the boat or if he fell,” said Marguerite Elicone, spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego. “It was just an unfortunate accident.”

It is difficult to speculate whether this tragedy could have been avoided. This is an awful reminder of just how dangerous recreational boating can be, even with experienced and responsible operators. Please visit our website for more information on boating accidents, and contact our office today for a free consultation if you have been in a boating accident.

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