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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Saturday May 27th, 2023 :: 09:59 p.m. PDT


Boat Catches Fire at the Colorado River and Three Occupants Rescued

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 27, 2023

INCIDENT: Injury Boat Accident

LOCATION: Colorado River, Palms River Resort, Needles, CA


VICTIM(S): 24-year-old Male Resident of Apple Valley
30-year-old Female Resident of Apple Valley
18-month-old Female of Apple Valley

SUMMARY: On Saturday, May 27, 2023, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Marine Enforcement Unit  along with Mohave County Sheriff's boating officers responded to a report of a boat fire on the Colorado River near the Palms River Resort in Needles, CA.

The boat caught fire and sank prior to law enforcement arrival.  The three occupants aboard the boat were pulled from the water and medical aid was provided by Baker Ambulance service at the scene. 

The San Bernarino County Sheriff's air rescue ship arrived on scene and transported one victim to a nearby hospital.  A second victim was taken by ambulance to a local area hospital and later flown to a trauma center in Las Vegas. An infant aboard the vessel was also taken to a local hospital and later released.  

The ignition source of the boat fire is unknown.  The vessel was recovered from the Colorado River with the assistance of Tow Boat US. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Corporal B. Abell of the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or leave the information on line at

Refer: Corporal B. Abell

Station: Colorado River Station/Marine Enforcement Unit

Phone No. (760)326-9200

Case No. 252300019

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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