13 hurt and two missing as boats collide head-on in California

Hannah Rogers
September 6, 2018

A 24-year-old Ventura woman has been identified as one of two people whose bodies were recovered from the Colorado River on Tuesday amid the search for several missing people following a weekend boat crash along the California-Arizona border, authorities said.

Christine Lewis, 51, of Visalia was discovered in a section of the river along the California-Arizona border, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said.

Lewis and three others were missing after the two recreational boats they were on crashed into each other on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster said authorities are treating the search as a recovery effort.

Citing an emergency dispatcher whose report was broadcast on local TV stations, the Los Angeles Times reported the boats were traveling at around 50 miles per hour when they collided.

The sheriff's department said the boats - one northbound and carrying 10 people and the other southbound and occupied by six people - collided head on.

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Lewis was among more than a dozen people ejected from the boats in the crash Saturday night. Each boat had a mix of family and friends who were from out of the area.

Nine people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

Ten people were injured in the crash.

The force of the crash caused one of the boats to sink and the other sustained heavy damage.

Units from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Division of Boating Safety photographed on September 2, 2018, the day after a boating crash on the Colorado River. "Once (the missing) are located, then we can continue pursuing that information". They headed out again after lunch and planned to continue their pursuit until it grew dark.

Rescuers had to call off the search for the missing until Sunday morning because it was too risky for divers to swim in the river after dark.

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