Boating Incident

On 5-10-18 at approximately 5:56 PM, Deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety were dispatched to the area of Thompson Bay on Lake Havasu for a house boat that came untied from the docks at the Havasu Marina, and was drifting out of control due to high winds. Callers further advised that the houseboat had struck several boats. Upon arrival, Deputies located a 52 foot house boat that was drifting towards several other boats in Thompson Bay. It was determined that the house boat was not under power, and was unoccupied. The winds were approximately 20 to 30 miles per hour. Deputies were able to use their patrol boats to force the 20,000 pound houseboat to a nearby shoreline, and prevent it from striking anymore vessels or causing any further damage. The responsible party was contacted, and responded to the boat. They were able to return the vessel to the slip with assistance of a local tow boat. It is unknown how the boat became adrift. The houseboat struck 7 vessels causing moderate damage to each.

This case is still under investigation.