SAN DIEGO -- A four-month investigation concluded that a fatal boat accident on San Diego Bay was caused by overcrowding and the poor condition of the vessel, Harbor Police officials announced Wednesday.
Ten people were aboard a 26-foot MacGregor sailboat on March 27 when it overturned between Shelter and Harbor islands. Everyone on board was dumped into the bay. Several private boats helped Harbor Police rescue most of the people, but two passengers were unconscious when they were pulled from the 55-degree water.
Despite efforts to revive them, Jun Chen, 44, and his father, Xingchao Chen, 73, were pronounced dead.
The Harbor Police investigation concluded that several factors contributed to the capsizing of the boat. They include having too many people aboard, as well as the condition of the vessel and its equipment.
The boat, which was owned by an Indianapolis nonprofit, was being operated by George Saidah.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times