Former USD student dies in boat crash off Catalina Island

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AVALON, Calif.  -- A man killed early Sunday morning in a boat crash off Catalina Island was a former student at the University of San Diego and the son of a former San Francisco 49ers chief executive officer.

Family members identified the man as 26-year-old Michael Harris of San Francisco, according to KTLA, which also reported that his father, Peter Harris, was the 49ers' CEO in the early 2000s.

Peter Harris' LinkedIn account showed he was the 49ers' CEO in 2000-2004.

Three other people were injured and another remained missing as a result of the crash, which happened about 1:20 a.m. around a quarter-mile northeast of Casino Point.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report that a dingy with five people aboard collided with another vessel, the Coast Guard's SondraKay Kneen said.

One passenger aboard the dingy was confirmed dead. Two suffered minor injuries and one person suffered a head injury.

The injured were taken to UCLA Medical Center. One of them was the deceased man's girlfriend, according to NBC4, which cited Peter Harris' Facebook.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, along with resources from the Baywatch Isthmus, Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Harbor Patrol, to search for the missing passenger, Kneen said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau deployed divers and an underwater sonar scanner and was assisting county lifeguards in an effort to find the missing boater.

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