Victim in Sunday’s fatal boating accident identified


An investigation is now underway into a deadly boating accident on the Kings River.

Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies said the incident happened around 5 o’clock Sunday night, just east of Highway 99.

Deputies identified the victim is 53-year-old Jesse Moya of Easton.

Officials said criminal charges are now being pursued, but they are not giving anymore details other than that, as the crash is still under investigation. 

For many it’s summer fun down by the river bank.

But this time of year is when the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said people need to be reminded about boat safety. 

“Even if you’re not operating a boating vessel or water vessel it’s still really important that you’re not drinking and getting into the river, getting into where the water can carry you away,” Corporal Ixchel

Franks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, said.

Deputies said two boats crashed into each other on the Kings River, near the Kingsburg Gun Club. 

“There’s two boats, ones actually sunk, sunk into the river so we were able to recover one and then the other one they’re still in the process of recovering it,” Franks said.

Now it’s unclear how many people were in each boat, who was driving or if they were drinking or wearing life-jackets. 

But the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said their Boating Safety Enforcement Unit is looking into it. 

“They obtained statements and evidence from the scene so based on those statements and evidence they are pursuing charges against one of the parties involved,” Franks said.

Again, deputies have not said if alcohol played a factor in the crash but stress the importance of drinking responsibly when boating.

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