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Coast Guard vessel hits pleasure boat, killing boy

An 8-year-old boy was killed and five others were injured, some seriously, when a Coast Guard vessel responding to an emergency call struck a pleasure boat Sunday night during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, authorities and witnesses said.

The 33-foot Coast Guard vessel hit the smaller, 24-foot boat, which had 13 people on board, about 6 p.m. near Harbor Island, said Jetta Disco, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

"We heard them saying 'Watch out' and 'Oh my God,' " said Breck Schoch, an eyewitness. "They had half-a-second warning before the thing hit."

Click here for the full report with photos by the Union-Tribune.

Click here for the Coast Guard press release on the accident.