Search continues for victims in 'tragic' Colorado River boat crash

Colorado River boat crash

Colorado River boat crash

Ten of the people aboard the boats were hurt, including one critically injured woman who was flown from the scene to a Las Vegas hospital.

The crash involved a boat containing 10 people and another containing six people.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that a woman who died when two boats crashed on the Colorado River was Chrisi Lewis, the step-daughter of former Sheriff Bill Wittman.

Lewis and the three people still missing, had been riding in the Hallet, officials said.

Two boats collided around 8 p.m. Saturday between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina in Needles, Calif., and north of Lake Havasu, Ariz.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Kingman, Arizona, said the body of 24-year-old Kirra Drury of Ventura, California was located Tuesday afternoon.

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The smash happened in Moabi Regional Park, a popular water recreation area situated about 290 miles east of Los Angeles.

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.

The search operation has shut down a two-mile area of the river, Schuster said. Rescuers had to call off the search until Sunday morning because it was too unsafe to put divers in the river after dark. The accident happened nearly 300 miles east of Los Angeles along part of the river that runs along the border of California and Arizona. According to Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster, it is not a requirement for boaters to wear life jackets, although they advise them to do so. Divers have been sent into the river, which can run as deep as 30 feet (9 meters).

Helicopters were deployed immediately after the crash was reported and couldn't locate the missing.

The force of the crash also caused both boats to sink, according to the San Bernardino County Fire District. Efforts resumed after daybreak Sunday, and authorities closed off the stretch of the river where the search was taking place.

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