Boating collision leaves San Diego County man dead

A San Diego County man is dead after a nighttime collision on his personal watercraft on the Parker Strip. He was not discovered until the morning after the incident is thought to have occurred.

On Monday morning at around 7 am, deputies with the San Bernardino County Colorado River Station responded to a report of a boating collision. Through witness statements it was determined that David Stuart Clark, 48 of Bonsall, an unincorporated community inland of Oceanside, had left a bar on the Parker Strip on his personal watercraft around 9 pm on Sunday night.

Clark did not return home and his family attempted to locate him on the water but were unsuccessful. Clark was located by a passing boater early the next morning on a rock formation, near Big Bend RV Resort. Deputies and Buckskin Fire department paramedics arrived and recovered the victim and vessel from the rock formation. Buckskin Fire Department paramedics pronounced the victim deceased at approximately 7:30 am. The victim was turned over to the care of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner Division.


  1. Very sad, but that’s so irresponsible

  2. Sorry for what happened to him prayers to the family.
    I thought that PWC’s were to be off the river by dark, very sad.

  3. So extremely heart broken, Dave was a very cool dude. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  4. So incredibly sad and tragic…
    We will miss you Dave! 💕

  5. It seems like river fatalities are at an all time high.

  6. The river is left and right dead people this yearly sad very.

  7. I haven’t seen Dave for many many years, but I remember how skilled he was on personal watercraft . My condolences to Dave’s family 🙏🏼

  8. my condolences to his family and friends you will be missed .

  9. Don’t get shit-faced and operate machinery on water at night.

  10. I love you Lobo you’ll always be in my heart and thoughts and prayers can’t believe you’re gone rest in peace

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