Two people went under, after the Colorado river encountered 2 boats with dozens of tourists on Board. The accident happened on the morning of September 1 near the border between California and Arizona, Moabi Regional Park is a popular recreation area approximately 290 miles (466 km) East of Los Angeles.
#BREAKING 13 injured, 4 missing after boats collide on Colorado River; @sbcountysheriff»s divers on scenehttps://t.co/Npj8YXlJRO pic.twitter.com/eo6ZRTEikV
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) September 2, 2018
According to police, one boat sank and the second received significant damage, but remained afloat. Trapped in the water passengers are picked up by passing boaters. At the moment of collision neither one of the victims was not a life vest, said the press-Secretary County Sheriff’s office Mojave Anita Mortensen.
According to Eric Sherwin, a representative of the San Bernardino County Fire District, 1 person in critical condition was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, another 6 were sent to local hospitals with less serious injuries and received minor injuries.
@sbcountysheriff Marine Enforcement Unit is assisting Mohave County Sheriff’s Department with a boat collision on the Colorado River near Topock Gorge and Park Moabi Channel. MCSO is the lead department handling the boat collision. pic.twitter.com/jUP9ohzw1J
— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) September 2, 2018
Sonar submarine did not find any of the missing, said Sherwin. With the onset of darkness the search was suspended until Sunday morning due to the increased danger to divers.
The incident occurred on the eve of labor Day, so on Board the boats there were a lot of passengers.