1 person still missing after Saturday’s fatal boating accident near Topock

September 6, 2018

One woman remained missing Tuesday night after three days of searching for victims from Saturday night’s boat crash near Topock. Divers recovered the bodies of two victims on Tuesday.

In a search area comprising the entirety of the Lower Colorado River, one woman remains to be found.

“This has been the worst boating accident I’ve seen in my position,” said Mohave County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Anita Mortensen. “We hope and cross our fingers for a good outcome … but the search will go on until she’s located.”

Deputies from Mohave and San Bernardino Counties collaborated this week to locate the victims of a boat collision that left at least nine hospitalized. The body of 51-year-old Visalia, California, resident Christine Lewis was located Monday downstream of Topock. An additional two victims were located Tuesday, identified by Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies as Visalia resident Brian Grabowski, 50, and Kirra Drury, 24, of Ventura.

Deputies and Mohave County Search and Rescue volunteers were still searching for the remaining boater, identified by Drury’s family as Ventura resident Raegen Heitzig, as of Tuesday.

According to Mohave County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyler Cox, of the department’s division of boating safety, the accident remains under investigation. While speed and poor lighting conditions may have played a factor in Saturday’s accident, no cause has yet been established.

“Our dive operations will continue, and we still have top-water and air-search units looking,” Cox said. “We have a team of search and rescue kayakers to help with the search. But this is a very difficult case because of the number of people involved, and the number of people who were missing after the accident.”

Cox said Tuesday there was an outpouring of support from Lower Colorado River communities, including Lake Havasu City and Topock.

“The outreach from the community has been tremendous,” Cox said. “These are lake communities … this really hits close to home for them.”

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