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Lake Shasta >> A 7-year-old girl was killed Saturday when she was struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Shasta.
Phong Ly, 29, of San Jose was driving a rented personal watercraft toward a houseboat when the incident happened. The child was in the water behind the houseboat and was struck by the personal watercraft being driven by Ly, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
“Ly was traveling at an unsafe speed, in proximity to the victim and the houseboat, and struck the victim and the houseboat,” according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.
After the collision, Ly jumped into the water to get the child, who was not named.
The incident happened in a cove near Slaughterhouse Island on the lake, officials said.
Family members of the child were administering CPR when deputies arrived at the scene. The child was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where she died, sheriff’s officials said.
Don Watt, battalion chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said at the time of the incident he’d received reports that the child was “unconscious and bleeding from the neck.”
“Unfortunately, we get a lot of injuries on the lake in the summer,” Watt said.
In early July, Auston Strole, 12, went missing after he was hit by a boat being operated by a young family friend. Deputies say Strole is dead, and they have been unable to find his body.
A few days later, Julian Zamora, 7, of Salinas drowned near the McCloud Arm of Lake Shasta, while he was vacationing with his family on a houseboat beached at Marble Creek.
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