Kevin Rivera-Cornejo killed by rental houseboat propeller on Shasta Lake
Kevin Rivera-Cornejo, 23 of San Jose California, was on the swim deck of a rental houseboat at Corey Cove on Shasta Lake in California about 4:30pm Friday 6 September 2019.
His father, Hector Rivera, was at the controls beaching / mooring the houseboat. Onboard were family and friends.
Kevin either jumped in or fell into the water when the houseboat was being reversed.
Initial reports say Kevin screamed and his father stopped the boat. Kevin Rivera-Cornejo “sustained fatal propeller cuts to his lower extremities” per KRCR News.
911 was called and the family began CPR. Emergency crews put tourniquets on Kevin Rivera-Cornejo’s legs. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit transported Kevin from the accident site to Silverthorn Resort where some of the responders were gathering.
- Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit
- Cal Fire/Shasta County Fire boat
- Dignity Health ambulance
- PHI life flight
He was pronounced dead at Silverthorn.
Per a Deputy at the scene, alcohol was not an issue in this accident.
Some Previous Houseboat Propeller Accidents on Shasta Lake include
- 1 May 1992 Stacey Epping
- 22 June 1992 Gilbert Silveria
- 6 September 1992 Matthew Wells
- 18 September 1994 David Tagg
- 28 May 1995 Larry Elmore
- 21 July 1995 Shirley Jones / Koop
- 12 September 2000 Felix Shrayber
- 30 May 2015 Olga Cioban
- 6 June 2015 Jenny Smotherman
Our Earlier Study of Houseboat Propeller Accidents
Back in 2010 we published a lengthy study on the rejection of a U.S. Coast Guard proposed rule related to houseboats and propeller guards.
Our study was titled, Houseboat Propeller Injury Avoidance Measures Proposed and Withdrawn by the U.S. Coast Guard: An Analysis by the Propeller Guard Information Center.