Son of former 49ers CEO killed in boat crash off Catalina Island

A man killed early Sunday when two boats collided in the waters off Catalina Island was identified as the son of the former chief executive of the San Francisco 49ers, according to family members.

The crash, reported about 1:20 a.m. near Descanso Bay about a quarter of a mile northeast of Casino Point, left three people injured, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A fifth person involved in the collision was reported missing, and the Coast Guard suspended the search for the missing person about 7 p.m. Sunday.

The man killed was identified as Michael Harris, the son of Peter Harris, a Bay Area-businessman who was the chief executive of the National Football League 49ers from 2000 to 2004, according to statements posted on Facebook by Peter Harris and his wife, Jan Johnston Harris.

“This was a young man who was real, sincere, a great listener, always interested, warm, full of humor with the attendant laughter, who sincerely loved and prized family,” Peter Harris said in the Facebook post. “He filled up my heart and now he is gone.”


According to the Coast Guard, a dinghy with five people aboard collided with another vessel. The three injured passengers were transported to UCLA Medical Center. Two of the passengers suffered minor injuries and the other a head injury, authorities said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the missing boater is asked to contact the Coast Guard’s Los Angeles/Long Beach command center at (310) 521-3801.

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