Raegan Heitzig (left) and Kirra Drury (right) have been identified as two of the people missing after a deadly boat crash on the Colorado River on Saturday, September 1.
Drury and Heitzig have been missing since two recreational boats — one carrying 10 people and the other carrying 6 — crashed head-on at Moabi Regional Park in California on Saturday, September 1. The boats crashed around sundown between the popular Pirates Cove and Topock Marina.
After the crash, both boats sank as passing boaters pulled crash victims from the water. One person — 51-year-old Christine Lewis — was killed, and nine people were injured, with two in critical condition.
According to Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster, three people are still missing: the two men, Drury and Heitzig, and one man, Brian Grabowski.
Furthermore, Sheriff Doug Schuster said that none of the boaters were wearing life vests, which are not required by law.
via USA Today:
All 16 passengers, 10 on one boat and six on the other, were either thrown or jumped into the rushing river, which was crowded with holiday weekend boaters. Each of the boats that crashed had a mix of family and friends from out of the area, some of whom were rescued by passing boaters.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said Monday that investigators had yet to determine what role speed might have played in the accident.
“We haven’t come up with anything on contributing factors yet,” she said. “Once (the missing) are located, then we can continue pursuing that information.”
Citing an emergency dispatcher whose report was broadcast on local TV stations, the Los Angeles Times reported the boats were traveling at around 50 mph when they collided.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said that they would continue to patrol the river “until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.”