San Dimas Boat Race Canceled After Fatal Practice Crash

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A 65-year-old man was killed and another person was injured after two boats crashed during a practice run for a race in San Dimas, authorities said.


Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, Calif. (Credit: terrybone/flickr via Creative Commons)

The collision occurred around 11:15 a.m. Saturday near Puddingstone Lake in the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman Andre Herndon.

Two vessels were taking a practice lap when the lead boat lost control, causing the boat behind it to crash into it, Lt. Matt Othemus of the L.A. County Service Parks Bureau said.

The man in the lead boat was killed in the collision, according to Othemus.

His identity had not yet been released as of late Saturday night.

Another unidentified male was taken to a local hospital, Herndon said in the release. His condition was not known.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the accident on Saturday morning at Puddingstone Lake,” Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney said in the release. “We are grateful for the efforts of our Lake Lifeguard Dive Team and other first responders at the scene, and are awaiting the outcome of the investigation that is now underway.”

The three-day powerboat racing event, which was on its second day, was canceled because of the “ongoing investigation, and out of an abundance of caution for all event participants,” the release stated.

The lake was closed while authorities investigated, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation.