Enjoying the long holiday weekend

Most were happy to enjoy the long holiday weekend on the water but law enforcement was busy with accidents and or those who took the fun times too far.

A busy holiday weekend led to a 12-year-old boy suffering major injuries from a boat propeller and a possible drowning near Parker, among several arrests and other incidents.

At noon Saturday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a 12-year-old boy from Mesa was swimming in the river near Emerald Cove Resort when he was struck by a boat, driven by the boy’s father, according to Cpl. Travis Vessells. The father was pulling other people on inner tubes.

The boy suffered major injuries to both of his legs from the boat’s propeller. He was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for treatment, and his current condition was not immediately available.

Meanwhile, a possible drowning was reported to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend. A man was witnessed entering the water and never coming back out, according to Chief Deputy Curt Bagby of La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. Divers are still searching for him in the Colorado River.

On Sunday, Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a sinking boat near Mesquite Bay. According to a press release, nine people were on board the 1990 20-foot Ultra boat when it began to swamp after several waves had crashed over the bow. The boat’s operator successfully maneuvered the boat to the fishing docks in Mesquite Bay, where all passengers exited safely.

The boat eventually sunk completely and was recovered later by a local salvage company, according to the press release. Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, but weather was.

Bagby also reported several DUIs and OUIs, one accident on Highway 60 involving a vehicle and pedestrian, one vehicle pursuit, and a fire at the VFW Post #7061 in Parker that burned the building to the ground.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety, according to a press release, made 244 contacts and issued 14 citations. They made five OUI arrests, one drug arrest, one stolen watercraft arrest and one felony aggravated OUI arrest. They also investigated two non-injury boat crashes and assisted 16 boaters, according to a press release.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said that high winds on Sunday contributed to boater assists, but also kept boat traffic down in Lake Havasu. Friday and Saturday were the busiest days on the water, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to a press release, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department made nine total arrests, “six for Boating Under the Influence, two for resisting arrest and one warrant arrest.” They also issued 32 citations for various boating law violations, and six boating accidents were investigated over the weekend.


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