boat crash

A young man is in critical condition after his PWC collided with a boat on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday at 3:41 p.m., deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety responded to a report of a boat that collided with a personal watercraft in the north basin of Lake Havasu.

Callers reported that there was a significantly injured subject that was loaded onto a boat and transported to Lake Havasu State Park.

Upon deputy’s arrival, they were met by paramedics from the Desert Hills Fire District and River Medical, who were tending to an injured male.

Through investigations, it was determined that a personal watercraft, operated by a 16-year-old male juvenile from Rialto, California, and a 28-foot boat, operated by a 49-year-old male from Kingman, collided. During the collision, the juvenile sustained serious injuries, was ejected into the water, and was unresponsive.

The operator of the boat, along with other boaters nearby, immediately called 911 and pulled the seriously injured juvenile onto the boat. They began life-saving measures and transported him to Lake Havasu State Park to meet with first responders.

The juvenile was transported by ambulance to Havasu Regional Medical Center, where he was later flown to a Las Vegas hospital in extremely critical condition.

The crash is currently under investigation by the MCSO Division of Boating Safety. Initial investigations indicate that alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Speed and operation behavior of the personal watercraft appear to be contributing factors.


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