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Boat drivers and passengers all need to stay heads up at all times out there.



August 5, 2007

A man was killed in Mission Bay late yesterday after he fell into the water and the propeller of the motorboat his friends were riding in accidentally struck him, authorities said.
The county Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Paul Bernard, 40, of Lake Forest.
The accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at the Campland dock, said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma.
Bernard was either standing on the dock or on the boat's swim step when the boat moved forward, and he fell into the water. To avoid hitting another boat, the driver of the first boat shifted into reverse and the propeller struck Bernard. “It's very tragic,” Lerma said. “It underscores the need for boating safety and for boating operators to really keep their head on a swivel and stay aware at all times.”
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