The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a boat that struck a swimmer Saturday, Sept. 5 south of River Lodge Resort.
On September 5, 2020, at approximately 5:15 pm, deputies from the Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a boating collision near the River Lodge Resort on the Parker Strip of the Colorado River. The investigation revealed the victim, a 19-year-old man from Cottonwood, Ariz., was riding on a tube along with a female rider when they both fell off. As their vessel circled to pick them up, an unknown vessel travelling south struck the victim. The vessel continued south and did not stop for the victim after the collision.
Buckskin Fire personnel rendered first aid to the swimmer, who was found along the shoreline with his family members. The victim suffered major upper body injuries and was transported to a nearby landing zone and flown to a trauma center in Goodyear, Ariz.
Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the unknown vessel that struck the victim. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Brian Weck at the Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Deputy Brian Weck
Station: Colorado River Station
Phone No. 760-326-9200
Case No. 252000141