REDWOOD CITY - A man killed Wednesday evening in a boating accident near Redwood City was part of a crew participating in a sailing race launched at the Sequoia Yacht Club, Redwood City police said.
The man who died, identified today as Yong Sun, 39, of Burlingame, was one of a four-man sailing crew aboard a 42-foot Catalina class sailboat named "Bella," police Lt. Sean Hart said.
The boat came too close to a channel marker buoy and the buoy snagged the boat's rigging and sail, which became entangled, snapping the boat's mast above the cabin base shortly before 7 p.m., Hart said.
Sun and another man were seriously injured when the mast snapped, Hart said.
Other boats had trouble reaching the damaged boat in the shallow water, but a U.S. Geological Survey boat that happened to be nearby helped take the two injured people to shore, Hart said.
Sun was unconscious and unresponsive when he was brought to shore and despite life-saving measures succumbed to his injuries. The other man was taken to a hospital with head, back and neck injuries, Hart said.
The rest of the crew managed to free the boat from the buoy and brought it back to the Redwood City Marina under motorized power. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a safety inspection for hull integrity and fuel containment and concluded it was safe to leave in the marina, Hart said.
The Sequoia Yacht Club confirmed Wednesday night that the boat had been taking part in a race staged at the club, located at 441 Seaport Court in Redwood City.
Redwood City police are investigating the cause of the accident. Anyone with information about it has been asked to contact Detective Peter Cang at (650) 780-7133.
Copyright © 2014 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, re-transmission or reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.