A man was killed after his boat propeller hit him on Lake Havasu Sunday.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Marine Enforcement Unit responded to the fatal boating accident in California Bay on the lake at approximately 12:49 pm.
The operator and 4 passengers left the Bridgewater Channel and headed south on Lake Havasu when the operator, Ismael Ortiz from Mesa, stopped the vessel and jumped into the water to cool off. The vessel drifted away from Ortiz due to the high winds and waves.
Ortiz was struggling when a female passenger placed the boat in reverse in attempt to get closer to Ortiz, according to law enforcement. The vessel was still in reverse when the female operator left the helm and attempted to assist Ortiz out of the water. Ortiz was struck by the moving propeller of the vessel and later succumbed to his injuries.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.