4 missing after boats collide, sink on Colorado River

Colorado River boat crash

Horrifying Colorado River boat crash took place at the Moabi Regional Park

Authorities are continuing to conduct an extensive search for 1-2 people who are missing following a boating accident on the Colorado River Saturday evening. Immediately after the collision, people on passing boats helped pull victims from the river water.

Police were initially searching for four victims, but on Monday morning, they located the body of Christi Lewis, 51, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Department.

Mortensen says Lewis was a California resident, but her hometown hasn't been determined. He said it was possible that the missing - one male and three females - had made it to the shore. The nine others were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

Several people were rescued by nearby boaters, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said.

The Hallet boat with 10 people aboard was northbound and a Sleek Craft boat, occupied by six people, was southbound when they collided head on.

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. The river's water can range from shallow to 30 feet deep.

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Law enforcement responds to a boating crash on the Colorado River. The search for two people "presumed submerged" was halted overnight Saturday, the San Bernardino County Fire District said in a statement.

On Saturday night, authorities had to temporarily halt the search because it was too unsafe to put divers into the dark waters.

The divers were continuing to look for one man and two women, she said.

According to the LA Times, all 16 people were throw into the "fast-moving" river as the boats sank.

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

The sheriff's office said it would continue to patrol the river 'until all the unaccounted for passengers are located'.

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