Boat accident

This boat ran aground the night of Friday, April 16, near Bass Point on the Parker Strip. It landed 20 feet up an embankment.

A boat collided with the shoreline at Bass Point on the Parker Strip Friday, April 16, landing 20 feet from the water’s edge.

On April 16, at approximately 10:23 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Boat Accident Investigation Team was dispatched to a major injury boat collision that occurred on the California shoreline at Bass Point on the Parker Strip.

Through investigation, it was determined Mark Thene, 64, of Anaheim, Calif., was operating a 19-foot SeaRay southbound on the Colorado River at a high rate of speed, given the time of night. The vessel collided into the shoreline and came to rest approximately 20 feet up the embankment.

Thene, the solo occupant and operator, was transported by River Medical to the La Paz Regional Hospital prior to investigators arriving on scene and was flown to a trauma center in Phoenix. He suffered major injuries and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

This boat collision is an ongoing investigation and alcohol appears to be a factor. Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to contact Deputy Brian Weck at the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200.


(3) comments

sam whittemore

whaaaat? another kal lee fornian likkered up on the river possibly? wonder if there is a major difference in the number of calistanians vs. ariz residents who have mishaps on the water. maybe the man formerly known as boatcop could answer. remember folks, safety isn't seasonal! mask up , vax up!


wow Sam. So bitter and unkind. California owns half the river. Many more Californians own on both sides. Im guessing people in Phoenix dont see the wisdom of driving 3 1/2 hours for more hot desert. They go to the coast where many drown.

California Rules! especially Parker dam, CA only those who cant afford it complain.

What would the strip and town of Parker be without Californians? Answer- Wickenburgh


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