November 27, 2014
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies are investigating a boating accident that killed a 41-year-old Reno, Nev., man when two Jet Skis collided at Boca Reservoir over the weekend.
The victim was identified as Brett Jaffe, an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He died shortly after Sunday afternoon's collision with another Jet Ski ridden by 32-year-old Jacob Racki of Nevada City, Calif.
Nevada County sheriff's deputy Dave DeVogelaere told the Sierra Sun the two men were racing on a "ski slalom course" and were passing buoys when they collided.
The deputy says Jet Skis are permitted at the reservoir about 25 miles southwest of Reno but racing with buoys is not. He says an investigation continues but alcohol and/or drugs do appear to have been a possible factor in the fatal crash.
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