On September 9, 2017, at 3:39 p.m., Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety deputies were dispatched to Holiday Harbor for a propeller cut victim; later identified as Liz Machato (23 years old) of San Jose, CA. Deputies arrived at Holiday Harbor and assisted American Medical Response Ambulance personnel with getting Machato into the ambulance. Machato had a propeller strike cut to the side of her right upper thigh and hip area. The injury was not life threating. Machato was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Machato was a passenger, on a rented Shasta Marina ski boat, operated by John Reinhardt (24 years old) of Los Gatos, CA. Reinhardt had been drinking alcohol, but was not impaired. There were five people in the boat and two people being pulled on a tube. Machato had been sitting in the back of the boat and got up and moved to the open bow seating area. Machato knelt down and hung over the right side of the bow area. Reinhardt slowed down due to Machato’s actions. Reinhardt checked on the tubers and then looked forward. Machato was upright; so Reinhardt slowed the boat down more and was about to tell Machato to sit down when Machato dove into the water on purpose. Reinhardt immediately turned the ski boat to the left so he would not run over Machato. Reinhardt stopped the ski boat and Machato popped up in the water. Machato then climbed onto the tube where everyone realized she had been cut. Machato was not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident.
The accident is still under investigation. The Boating Safety Unit would like to remind the boating public to wear life jackets and to not drink alcohol and boat.