Fatal boating accident

This 35-foot Nordic twin motor boat was involved in Saturday's fatal accident.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Department has identified the man killed in Saturday night's fatal boat accident. According to a sheriff's department news release, Bruce Buchanan, 51, of Redondo Beach, California, died at Havasu Regional Medical Center following the accident. 

An unidentified woman is still missing.

According to the sheriff's department, the 35-foot Nordic twin motor boat flipped around 8 p.m. Saturday. Several witnesses saw the boat traveling north in the South Basin of Lake Havasu near Body Beach, where it made a hard left turn, causing the boat operator to lose control.

Boaters in the area helped several victims out of the water, including Buchanan, who was unconscious and unresponsive. The unmanned boat was still circling the scene at high speed during the rescue, the sheriff's department said. The boaters brought the victims back to London Bridge Beach, where they were met by members of the Lake Havasu City fire and police departments. CPR was administered to Buchanan, who was then taken to the hospital for further treatment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The missing female passenger was last seen by the boaters who helped pull victims from the water. A search of the area and shorelines was conducted by marine unites from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Lake Havasu City Police Department and the Lake Havsau City Fire Department, along with a helicopter from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Search efforts for the woman continued to 3 a.m. Sunday and resumed during daylight hours. Sheriff's officials are using side-scan sonar technology to look for the woman, including a remote operated submarine and dive team members. 

During the search, the boat involved in the accident was located near Spectator Point, where it had run ashore at high speed. 

The sheriff's office says alcohol appears to be a factor, and the operator, who was uninjured, is cooperating in the investigation.


(9) comments


Sad story . But I don't miss the river & Havasu... too much low class behavior. Always felt my IQ drop 50 points whenever I arrived.


Bruce was a very nice man he worked for the United States Postal Service rest in peace

Ms Compassion

Please pray for the families!


Classic symptom of having more boat than brains


sheriff's office says alcohol appears to be a factor, Yeap!,,UR ,TYP Californian Boater on the weekend,,,Look out or do what I do stay off the lake on weekends ,,,and people wasnt the first and sorry to say it wont be the last.


Wow I hope they find her. Please be careful and dont drink and float.


The boat is in remarkable shape for running up on shore full speed as the article says that is what happened.


Drinking while operating any vehicle or machinery, including watercraft, is such an obvious danger to everyone involved, it's difficult to understand why anyone would still choose to endanger others this way. Such a sad and tragic result once again.


its called being Brainless Selfness ,

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