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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Saturday September 24th, 2022 :: 04:51 p.m. PDT


Personal Watercraft Operator Suffers Majors Injuries After Colliding with Another Watercraft

DATE/TIME: September 23, 2022 / 5:56 p.m.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Boating Collision 

LOCATION: Colorado River, near Needles Marina

SUMMARY: On September 23, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement deputies responded to a report of a boating collision on the Colorado River, in the area of the Needles Marina. Through investigation and witness statements, it was determined a solo occupied personal watercraft collided with a watercraft traveling south along the river. The male operator of the personal watercraft sustained major injuries as a result of the collision. The man was transported by ambulance to the Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center for further treatment. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision.  

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Marine Enforcement Unit would like to remind all personal watercraft operators to be aware of their surroundings prior to making any turning movements, to ensure they are operating safely. 

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Justin Bacon or Deputy Steven Cook of the Colorado River Station, (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to use the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

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Refer: Deputy J. Bacon / Deputy S. Cook

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 252200112

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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