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Collision on the water at Marina Del Rey Main Channel splits outrigger vessel in half


Authorities photograph a vessel that was completely destroyed in a collision with another boat in the Marina Del Rey Main Channel on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

A boating accident in Marina Del Rey on Sunday split a vessel clean in half and sent one person to the hospital, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said.

According to a statement, sheriff’s deputies got the call at about 8:20 a.m. Sunday that a man piloting a motorboat in the Marina Del Rey Main Channel had rammed into an outrigger vessel with nine people aboard it, cutting the vessel in two and injuring a Riverside woman.

Deputies arrived in time to fish the woman from the water. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and later released.

Others were hurt as well, though not as seriously.

The lone occupant of the motorboat, Peter Sorrento of Chatsworth, was cited for “failure to follow established boating rules,” deputies said.

An outrigger is a rigid extension attached to the hull of a non-motorized craft, such as a canoe, to give it more stability. These and other types of watercraft were out in large numbers during the Memorial Day weekend, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies ask that boaters take extra precautions when holiday crowds are on the water.

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