A Moreno Valley man is dead after his jetski exploded, throwing him into the river. He died in hospital after being transported from the scene.
On Friday afternoon at 12:39 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department responded to a call for a boating incident at River Shore Estates in Earp. On arrival, medical staff from the Buckskin Fire Department and River Medical Ambulance were tending to the victim, later identified as Juan Pineda-Flores, 48 from Moreno Valley, California.
Based on witness statements, Pineda-Flores was attempting to start a personal watercraft that was still on the trailer at the launch ramp. During startup, fuel or vapors inside the hull of the jetski ignited, causing it to explode. Juan was ejected from the vessel into the water.
Pineda-Flores was brought onto the shore and medical aid was rendered. He was later transported to the La Paz Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and died.