Thursday, 20 September, 2018

One woman dead and three victims missing after Colorado River boat crash

Colorado River boat crash Horrifying Colorado River boat crash took place at the Moabi Regional Park
Jay Anderson | 06 September, 2018, 23:54

On Tuesday, September 4, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office announced that they recovered the body of Drury, 24, of Ventura - the third victim found after a boat crash on the Colorado River.

The deceased boater was identified as Christine Lewis, 51, a nurse at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California.

-Four people are missing after two boats crashed and sunk on the Colorado River, ejecting more than a dozen people who were on board, authorities said Sunday. According to Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster, it is not a requirement for boaters to wear life jackets, although they advise them to do so.

The boats were moving close to 50 miles per hour, according to an emergency dispatcher. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew Chrisi Lewis and to the family and friends still searching the river for their loved ones". The nine others were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

One boat carried 10 people and the other vessel had six aboard in a well-traveled stretch of the river, the sheriff's office said. He said it was possible that the missing - one male and three females - had made it to the shore.




Ten people were injured in the crash.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said Monday that investigators had yet to determine what role speed might have played in the accident.

"We have four parties unaccounted for and presumed submerged", he said.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. The accident happened nearly 300 miles east of Los Angeles along part of the river that runs along the border of California and Arizona.

The divers were continuing to look for one man and two women, she said. Rescuers had to call off the search until Sunday morning because it was too unsafe to put divers in the river after dark. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office also stated that divers were in the area to conduct a search and warned boaters in the area to do so with caution.

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