Three People Missing After Colorado River Boat Collision

Saul Bowman
September 7, 2018

51-year-old Christine Lewis was also killed and another nine people were injured, with two in critical condition.

In this photo released by Los Angeles Sheriff Department Special Enforcement Bureau their dive team assists San Bernardino County Sheriffs in the search for three missing persons in the Colorado river Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, north of Lake Havasu, near Topock, Ariz.

A recreational boat carrying 10 people and another vessel with six people on board collided head-on Saturday night along the well-traveled stretch of the river, the office said. Both boats sank and all of the occupants were ejected into the water, the Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the two people missing were "presumed submerged". The sheriff's office added that no one on either boat was wearing a life jacket. Two critically injured people were flown to a hospital in Las Vegas, Schuster said.

Dozens of divers from multiple agencies have assisted in the search which, over the past two days, has covered a roughly 5-mile-long stretch of the river, from Park Moabi Channel to Topock Gorge.


The four people who are missing were aboard the Hallett Boat, according to Mortensen.

Six other people were rushed to local hospitals with less serious injuries and another six sustained minor injuries. The search resumed Sunday, but authorities said the toll of missing had risen.

Some passengers were reportedly thrown into the water by the force of the collision, or jumped, and were swept several miles down the river.

Authorities are searching for four people who remain missing. Officials deemed it too unsafe to allow divers in the water after dark but planned to resume their search Sunday morning.

Search crews have been tirelessly scouring the river since the crash, with the sheriff's office saying it would continue to patrol "until all the unaccounted for passengers are located".

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