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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Monday August 1st, 2022 :: 12:33 p.m. PDT


Alcohol Determined to be a Factor in Major Injury Boat Crash Near Bass Point

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 30, 2022 at approximately 8:26 p.m.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Boat Collision

LOCATION: Bass Point, Big River, CA

SUSPECT(S): David Smisek, 67-Years-Old, Resident of Fallbrook, CA

VICTIM(S): 58-Year-Old Female, Resident of Fallbrook, CA

SUMMARY: On Saturday, July 30, 2022, at approximately 8:26 p.m., Marine Enforcement deputies responded to a report of a boat collision involving major injuries near Bass Point, just south of Emerald Cove, on the Colorado River. The vessel operator, identified as Davis Smisek, and his passengers were traveling south on the Colorado river when the vessel struck the California shoreline. The collision caused the boat to roll and eject four of the passengers. One female passenger sustained major injuries and was flown to a local hospital for treatment. Smisek sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Through investigation, deputies found alcohol to be a contributing factor to the collision. 

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy W. Poe of the Colorado River Station. (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information online at

Refer: Deputy W. Poe

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760)326-9200

Case No. 252200079

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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