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Bay Area man dies in Pyramid Lake boating accident

July 17, 2011 |  5:28 pm

A 32-year-old Fremont man died when his personal watercraft collided with a 20-foot ski boat on Pyramid Lake, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Sunday.

The victim's identity was being withheld pending notification of family, said Deputy Benjamin Grubb.

The crash occurred at 1:40 p.m. Saturday when the Wave Runner driver abruptly turned in front of the ski boat, witnesses told investigators from the sheriff's parks bureau.

Crew members of a Coast Guard auxiliary boat operating on the lake were among the witnesses to the accident, Grubb said.

The driver of the ski boat jumped into the water to assist the scooter operator, who was face-down in the water after the crash, the witnesses reported. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man for about 25 minutes before he was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:22 p.m., the deputy said.

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