Colorado River boat crash claims third life

Arturo Kim
September 6, 2018

One of the vessels sank while the other suffered major damage but remained afloat following the crash on the Colorado River on Saturday.

"These efforts will continue until all of those who are missing and unaccounted for have been located", Shuster told reporters on Sunday.

The body of a California woman who was among the four missing after two boats collided head-on in the Colorado River has been found, authorities said.

The others aboard the boats were not seriously injured and did not need to go to a hospital, authorities said.

The bodies of Brian Grabowski, 50, of Tulare, California, and Kirra Drury, 24, of Ventura, California, were pulled from the river Tuesday by divers from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, officials said.

Lewis was missing since about 8 p.m. Saturday, when a northbound Hallet boat carrying 10 people collided with a southbound Sleekcraft, which carried six people, according to officials.

Law enforcement responds to a boating crash on the Colorado River.

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The crash occurred on the border of California and Arizona, north of Lake Havasu, between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina, according to the Las Angeles Times.

Helicopters have been deployed as part of the search, and authorities have scoured the shoreline.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, Schuster said. ABC News reports the passengers were not wearing life jackets. Officials deemed it too risky to allow divers in the water after dark but planned to resume their search Sunday morning.

Rescuers have yet to locate the other three missing individuals, two women and a man.

Numerous boats were in the water at the park on Saturday, a popular recreational area where the river's depth ranges from shallow to 30 feet.

It has not been determined when speed played a factor in the crash, Anita Mortensen, a sheriff's spokeswoman, said.

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