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8-year-old killed in San Diego boat accident

December 20, 2009 | 11:34 pm

An 8-year-old boy was killed and five adults are in serious condition tonight after the recreational boat they were aboard collided with a Coast Guard patrol boat in San Diego Bay, authorities said.

A 33-foot Coast Guard vessel responding to a report of a grounded vessel crashed against the boat carrying 13 passengers just before 6 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jetta Disco said. The Coast Guard vessel was carrying five people, none of whom were injured.

Me-san-diego-boat22 The recreational boat was in the water during the annual San Diego Bay parade of lights, a celebration where dozens of boats decked in holiday lights take part in a procession around the bay. A member of the parade planning committee said he did not believe the boat was a registered participant.

All six victims were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, where the boy later died, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said.

Another Coast Guard boat in the area responded to the crash and helped take the passengers to shore. Both boats involved in the accident were taken to shore, where the damage was being assessed, Disco said.

The size and type of the recreational boat were unknown. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were reported to be clear with light winds. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: Police stand near a recreational boat that was hit by a 33-foot Coast Guard vessel Sunday evening. An 8-year-old boy was killed and five adults were injured in the crash. Credit: John R. McCutchen / San  Diego Union-Tribune