4 missing after boats collide, sink on Colorado River

4 missing after boats collide, sink on Colorado River

Raegan Heitzig (left) and Kirra Drury (right) have been identified as two of the people missing after a deadly boat crash on the Colorado River on Saturday, September 1.

Underwater sonar images of the submerged boat did not appear to show the two missing passengers, according to the local fire department.

The body of a Ventura woman was found Tuesday after two boats collided on Saturday on the Colorado River along the California-Arizona border.

One person suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Las Vegas, about 120 miles north of the crash scene, fire district spokesman Eric Sherwin told USA TODAY.

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More than a dozen victims were thrown off both boats in the impact and some were swept down the river.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen says 51-year-old Christi Lewis was found Monday in a section of the river that borders California and Arizona.

The crash occurred between two popular marinas and near Moabi Regional Park, a well-traveled recreation area crowded with people enjoying the Labor Day weekend.

Some of the passengers were carried miles down the river before they were found, while others were pulled from the water by passing boaters, the sheriff's office said.

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Map locates where boats collided on Colorado River.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by Mohave County authorities, Sherwin said. Officials deemed it too risky to allow divers in the water after dark but planned to resume their search Sunday morning.

Sheriff Doug Schuster of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said that none of the 16 boaters involved in the crash were wearing life vests, which are not required by law. Water depth in the area is shallow in some area but can be as deep as 30 feet in other areas. "These efforts will continue until all of those missing and unaccounted for have been located".

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