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One killed after sailboat collides with buoy during race

A man killed Wednesday evening in a boating accident near Redwood City was identified today as Yong Sun, 39, of Burlingame, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

Mr. Sun was aboard a sailboat taking part in a race hosted by a local yacht club that hit a channel marker buoy and became entangled shortly before 7 p.m., according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A second person injured in the crash received CPR and survived.

Other boats in the area were having trouble reaching the damaged boat due to the shallow water, Coast Guard representatives said.

The Coast Guard and Redwood City Fire Department responded to the scene, but upon arriving learned that a U.S. Geological Survey boat in the area had been able to bring two injured parties on board and take them to emergency personnel.

Five people in total were on the damaged yacht. The other three who remained on board were uninjured and were eventually able to free the boat from the buoy, according to rescue workers.

Sequoia Yacht Club Commodore Winston Bumpus confirmed Wednesday evening that the incident was connected with a race staged by the club, which is located at 441 Seaport Court in Redwood City. The club calendar shows events scheduled for Wednesday including a "Beer Can Race" starting at 5 p.m.

The Redwood City Fire Department was called to the area of Chesapeake Drive and Seaport Boulevard near the yacht club around 6:40 p.m. to provide medical aid, according to a fire official.

Fire officials declined comment Wednesday evening, but said in statements on Twitter that the boat had sustained a broken mast in the collision.

— Bay City News Service

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