Man dies after being pulled from capsized boat that hit breakwater

Police on Saturday were investigating a speedboat crash that killed a man in his 50s Friday.

The man was found in the hull of a damaged 21-foot power boat against the east end of the federal breakwater about 1 1/2 miles from Ballast Point Brewing.

The name of the boater, a man in his 50s, will be released pending notification of next of kin, according to Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Crews responded about 4:45 p.m. Friday to an emergency radio channel distress call reporting the vessel overturned, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk.

Long Beach police and firefighters at the scene where a victim was transported to the Ballast Point pier, near the entrance to Alamitos Bay, Friday. Photo by Stephen Carr.

The boat was discovered against rocks that are part of the breakwater, according to the fire department. Witnesses saw paramedics performing life-saving measures on the victim at a dock near Ballast Point, but the unresponsive man was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Drones and divers were deployed to search for more potential victims, but none were found, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk.

“The recovery phase is over and now they’re trying to determine what happened,” Fisk said.

City News Service contributed to this report. This story was updated with more information from fire and police officials.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct a subhead that incorrectly said the boat capsized in Alamitos Bay.

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Barbara Kingsley-Wilson is a full-time lecturer at California State University, Long Beach and an adviser to the campus’s student run newspaper, the Daily 49er. A journalist with over 20 years in the field, she continues to write and spends her summers as a general assignment reporter for the Long Beach Post. When she’s not drilling her pupils on the details of AP style, she’s likely practicing her downward dog or traversing the city perched atop her mountain bike.
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