NTSB Investigates Boating Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into what caused the U.S. Coast Guard vessel to crash into a recreational boat at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This unfortunate boat accident killed an 8 year old Rancho Penasquitos boy, Anthony Cole DeWeese, and injured five other people including 2 more children as reported by

The boating accident occurred when a U.S. Coast Guard vessel collided with a family on an outing in the bay while celebrating the annual “Parade of Lights” boat parade. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that one of its patrol boats was responding to a grounded vessel report around 6 p.m. when it collided with the DeWeese boat on San Diego Bay.

Neither boat was a participant in the parade. Roger DeWeese, Alan’s father said the DeWeese’s 26 foot Sea Ray was hit from behind by the 33 foot Coast Guard patrol boat. Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said three adults were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center and the two injured children  were transported to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Coast Guard Crew Uninjured In Boating Accident

None of the five crew members aboard the Coast Guard boat were injured in the boat accident. Capt. Thomas Farris, commander of the Coast Guard’s San Diego sector, declined to answer questions as to what might have occurred to cause the boating accident. He did say at a news conference, “The most important thing we can do at this time is to find out what happened.”

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators to examine both vehicles and determine whether there were radio transmissions from the Coast Guard ship prior to the collision. The Coast Guard and San Diego Harbor Police also have separate ongoing investigations. There was a witness to the incident. The witness was watching the parade from his sixth floor hotel room, when he saw a boat with a blue flashing light racing through the bay.

No Time To React In Boating Accident

Most of the vessels in the bay at the time of the boating accident were idling or creeping very slowly to the West while waiting for the parade to reach them. The Coast Guard vessel was reportedly traveling between 35mph and 45 mph. Alan DeWeese was piloting the recreational boat when he said he turned and saw the Coast Guard ship very close to him and traveling very fast.

He hardly had any time to react at all he said. The witness said he could hear the collision from his hotel room high above the shore. My heart goes out to the DeWeese family. Boating accidents can come in so many different forms. Could this tragedy have been avoided? Perhaps if the Coast Guard vessel had been traveling a little slower he may have avoided the other vessel completely.

Considering the waterway was so crowded with parade goers I can’t imagine what Mr. DeWeese could have done to prevent the accident. Maybe the five Coast Guard crew members just didn’t see the DeWeese boat. You can’t depend on the Coast Guard or the NTSB to look out for your rights if you are ever in a similar situation. If you or a loved one is involved in a boating accident, click here, boat accident attorney, to contact The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help.

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