Michael Harris, 26, and Tyler Hayden killed; 3 injured after high-speed boat crash off of Santa Catalina Island, California

Modified Date: 
Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:55am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, September 6, 2015

Boat Collision Kills 1, injures 3; Search for missing boater

The Coast Guard and Los Angeles County rescue crews searched for the missing boater after the collision occurred early Sunday morning. Coast Guard and county officials provided no other details about the collision or the identity of the dead person. One boater was killed, three were injured and a fifth person was missing Sunday when their dingy and a boat collided off the coast of Santa Catalina Island. The injured were airlifted by helicopter to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Coast Guard said. The collision occurred shortly after midnight about a quarter mile from Casino Point, on the island that is a popular getaway just over 20 miles from the Los Angeles County mainland.

Deadly Boat Crash Victim Remembered

It was a dream job, of sorts, and Michael Harris was very excited about the work he was able to do, according to David Harris. "He could have done anything, you know," his brother David Harris said. So far, Los Angeles county authorities have not indicated whether alcohol played a part in the deadly crash, they said. That'€™s why Michael Harris, 26, decided earlier this year to return to his alma mater '€“ Atherton-based Menlo School '€“ as a counselor, his family said. Meanwhile, David Harris said that his brother was a role model and, right now, all the family can do is try to cope.

Sister of San Francisco woman who survived deadly Catalina Island boat crash speaks out

The couple lived in San Francisco and was planning to move in together. A tragic boating accident that took the life of a San Francisco man and sent his girlfriend and two others to the hospital remains under investigation. The operator of larger boat suffered minor injuries.The fatal collision took the life of Harris and injured Wells and two other friends. Reid says Harris was the center of her sister's life.The Wells family is grateful Kelly is alive, but are grief-stricken that her other half is now gone. Reid Wells, the sister of one of the victims, is now speaking publicly for the first time and talking about her sibling's tough recovery ahead.Kelly Wells is in the hospital, unaware of what happened and unable to speak.


Michael, 26, was with his girlfriend and three others on a dinghy about a quarter mile off Catalina Island's Casino Point when according to his mother it was struck by a speeding boat. Witnesses say they heard someone screaming for help around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. His girlfriend, Kelly Wells and two other friends were injured and flown to the hospital. A fifth person was reported missing. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Coast Guard launched a dive and sonar search but suspended their efforts at 7 p.m. Sunday pending new information.

Dori honors Tyler Hayden, who was killed in Catalina boat crash

Dori said Tyler, a student at Shorecrest High School and two-time All-American swimmer, was a passionate lover of Seattle sports and would write essays about the Seahawks.

People Involved: 
Michael Harris
Kelly Wells
Tyler Hayden

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