Fatal Boating Collision on Saturday; Mendocino Sheriff Seeking More Information

Press release from the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office:

mcso Mendocino County Sheriff's Office MCSOOn 6/24/2017 around 10:26 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was advised by Cal Fire Dispatch of a reported boating collision on Lake Mendocino that possibly involved one deceased person and numerous other parties injured.

Responding Deputies learned the incident occurred a short distance away from the North Boat Ramp.  There were initial reports of persons possibly fleeing the scene in a white sedan but at least some of these persons were later found to be possibly leaving to seek medical attention for injuries sustained in the collision.  The Sheriff’s Office was told there were two boats involved in the incident, both are pictured below.


One boat may have had as many as 7 persons on board while the second boat had three persons on board at the time of the incident.

Reports indicate one of the boats had just left the north boat ramp dock as the other boat was approaching the area of the dock when they collided.One person, Miguel Corona, 26 years of age, from Ukiah sustained major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene when first responders arrived.  Four other persons involved in the collision sought medical treatment for injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit is actively investigating this case and is being assisted by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit.  motor boatThis investigation is looking into the possibility of whether or not alcohol played a factor in the collision, what significance darkness and speed of the boats might have played in the collision, and whether or not the driver of one boat might have fled the scene, as had been rumored initially.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone who may have witnessed the actual incident, witnessed boating activity of the two boats prior to the incident, or other pertinent information to please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086 or the tip line at 707-234-2100.

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14 comments

  • Well, there is your lesson on operating a camouflage boat at night. Totally avoidable way to die, prayers for this young mans family.

    • Seriously, you think it’s because the boat was camo??

      • Yes. Had a large part to do with it. If you are going to have a ski boat and want to be seen, you know, for safety reasons, you pick yellow. Pretty simple concept.

        • A other “Pretty simple concept” is operating at a safe speed and having a look out, especially at night.

    • wouldn’t matter what color if it was dark! If they weren’t using running lights that could be a factor, but color nfw. Tragic.

    • Did you know that camo is designed to be hard to see in the woods and not effective in the water? It seems to me a blue boat is basically camo in the water.

  • shawn the fisherman

    alcohol was a factor? Most boating accidents do have alcohol as a factor. And life vest of course.

  • The dark tinted windshield on the camo boat may have been a contributing factor

  • Everybody speculate away………

  • Boats like the one on the bottom are really hard to see in front of when getting up to plane.

  • No chicken little

    Let’s see, we just had a Navy Destroyer and a world class container ship collide in the ocean with crews on board, and the best Radar systems money can buy. So two boats with lights the size of a tea cup and sun burnt tiered boater most likely under the influence is a recipe for disaster!

  • I speculate that someone was being a dumb ass. And that caused the collision. How about that.

  • You all are ideots speculating on what happens. I don’t take my boat out on that lake anymore because people have no common boating sense these days and corps of engineers nor the sheriff’s Dept want to put out the money to patrol the lake anymore. Sad really sad.

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