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.

houseboat marina on Shasta Lake in 2006

a houseboat marina on Shasta Lake back in 2006

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.

Responders included:

  • 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Our study was titled, Houseboat Propeller Injury Avoidance Measures Proposed and Withdrawn by the U.S. Coast Guard: An Analysis by the Propeller Guard Information Center.

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