A Moreno Valley man suffered fatal injuries when a personal watercraft exploded at the launch ramp at River Shores Estates Friday afternoon in San Bernardino County, according to authorities.
The 48-year-old man, identified as Juan Pineda-Flores, was attempting to start a personal watercraft that was still on the trailer at the launch ramp when the incident occurred, the sheriff's department said citing witness reports.
“During start up, fuel / vapors inside the hull of the Jet-Ski ignited, causing it to explode,” according to a press statement.
Pineda-Flores was thrown into the water and suffered severe injuries.
The man was transported to the hospital where he later died.
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Authorities urged anyone with information about the incident to contact Deputy W. Poe of the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200.