Saturday we published two stories of boating accident’s that occurred roughly at about the same time. While we struggled to find the missing pieces of the puzzle to bring you the update (who, where) – our friends at Today’s News-Herald” broke the update in today’s printed edition, front page.
The following reprint is with permission of Today’s News-Herald.
An infant was airlifted to a Children’s Hospital in Phoenix after emergency medical crews rescued the baby from a capsized boat Saturday afternoon.
Trish Carter, a spokeswoman with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, said as of Saturday evening the 1-year-old was listed in extremely critical condition.
The boat’s operator was traveling around Site Six heading to Crazy Horse Campgrounds around 3:53 p.m. when large waves began rolling over the boat’s bow. The operator advised the 12 passengers on board, including the infant, to move to the middle and rear of the boat, according to Carter. The operator then turned toward the shore and attempted to keep the bow up, but the boat capsized, she said. All passengers were thrown overboard, and the infant, who was wearing a personal flotation device, was trapped under the boat, she said.
Upon arrival, it took four to five emergency personnel to lift the boat and rescue the infant, who was the only passenger that had been unaccounted for. Emergency personnel immediately began CPR and transported the infant to a waiting ambulance at Site Six, Carter explained.
The initial investigation shows that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident, but rather “weather and water conditions were too severe” for the 1995 Hurricane deck boat, she said. There were no other injuries reported in that incident.
In a separate incident near Pilot Rock, the San Bernardino Marine Unit resumed their search for a drowning victim. He was found about 100 yards from the unnamed cover where he went missing, two coves south of Friendly Island. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department and Lake Havasu City Police Department helped in the search.
The call on this incident came in around the same time on Saturday afternoon, according to Carter.
Initial reports stated a 29-year-old Hispanic male from the Los Angeles area had drowned after he jumped into the water to retrieve a hat and did not resurface.
Carter said the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department led the rescue.
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