Four missing,10 injured in Colorado River boating accident

Mohave Sheriff's search boat
four people are still missing and one is in hospital in critical condition after two boats collided on the Colorado River. Mohave Sheriff photo.

UPDATE 1: The body of a female boater has been found but a search continues for three others who are still missing. Two are females and one male.

Lake Havasu City, AZ – Four people, including a man and three women are still missing after two boats collided on the Colorado River.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s office said a total of 16 people were thrown into the water during the head-on collision between the boats in the evening on Saturday.

None was wearing a life jacket and both boats sank.

“At 8:03 PM the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received several 911 calls in reference to a boating crash on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove and the Topock Marina, north of Lake Havasu.”

“Several callers advised that multiple people were in the water, there were multiple injuries, and several people were missing.

“Units from the Mohave County Sheriffs Office Division of Boating Safety responded by water and land to the area.

“Upon their arrival it was determined that a Hallet boat occupied by 10 people, was northbound, and a Sleek Craft boat, occupied by 6 people, was southbound on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina when they collided head on.”

“During the collision, all subjects from both boats were ejected into the water, and both boats sank.”

Several people were pulled from the water by passing boaters, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

A badly injured woman was pulled out of the water by good Samaritans and later flown to Las Vegas. She was reported to be in critical condition.

“Nine other people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.”

“At this time, four occupants from the Hallet boat are still missing.

“Helicopters from Care Flight, Arizona DPS Air Rescue, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were deployed in the area shortly after the initial call, and were unable to locate any of the missing subjects.”

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are conducting dive and search operations in the area of the crash.

The search for the missing four was discontinued Sunday evening and will resume at first light on Monday.