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7-year-old boy killed in boating accident

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities released the name Monday of a 7-year-old boy who died over the weekend when he fell off a fishing boat alongside a dock in National City.

Sebastien Felix of Bonita was returning from a fishing outing on San Diego Bay with his father, an uncle and a family friend when he tumbled into the water near the mouth of the Sweetwater River and was struck by the motorboat's propeller about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to port officials and the county Medical Examiner's Office.

Medics took the boy to Rady Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The operator of the boat, who was docking it at Pepper Park when the accident occurred, was sober and was not expected to face charges, according to Marguerite Elicone, a spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego.

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NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - A 7-year-old boy was fatally struck by a fishing boat that was docking Sunday at Pepper Park in National City, a spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego said.

An estimated 20-foot fishing boat with three men and one of the men's 7-year-old son was returning from a day on the bay to Pepper Park at 3299 Tidelands Ave. between 1:45 and 2 p.m., according to Marguerite Elicone, spokeswoman for the Port of San Diego.

The vessel's operator was attempting to maneuver it into the dock and the boy's father jumped into the water to assist docking. At some point the boy either jumped or fell into the water, Elicone said.

The boat made some jerking motions while it docked which could have caused the boy to fall into the water, she said.

"We don't know if he was trying to jump off to help his dad dock the boat or if he fell," Elicone said.

The boat's operator was unaware the child was in the water and inadvertently struck him with the vessel, Elicone said.

Someone at the park called for help and paramedics took the boy to Rady Children's Hospital, where he died, Elicone said.

Elicone said there was no sign of foul play or alcohol involvement and that the boat's operator would likely not face charges.

"It was just an unfortunate accident," Elicone said.

San Diego Harbor Police took the vessel to be examined and would determine exactly where the boy was struck and if a malfunction happened on the boat, Elicone said.

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