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Police arrest father of 11-year-old killed in boating accident

An 11-year-old Tiburon, Calif. boy was killed in a boating accident near Angel Island Sunday, September 15, 2019. A second child was also ejected from the boat and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The father of an 11-year-old boy who died after he fell overboard near Angel Island on Sunday was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while operating a vessel and other offenses, Tiburon police said Monday.

Javier Burillo, 58, was on a private pleasure boat when his two sons, the 11-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man, were ejected into the water and struck by the boat.

Burillo’s older son was able to help Burillo recover the 11-year-old boy, and the vessel went to the Corinthian Yacht Harbor in Tiburon, where the boy was pronounced dead. The older son suffered leg lacerations and was taken to Marin General Hospital, police said. Tiburon police contacted Burillo at his nearby Belvedere residence.

After an investigation by Tiburon and Belvedere police, Burillo was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter during operation of a vessel, willful harm or injury to a child and reckless or negligent operation of a vessel, Tiburon police Chief Michael Cronin said.

Burillo is being held in jail under $1 million bail.

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