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Colorado River boat collision leaves 13 wounded, 2 missing, authorities say

A boat collision in the vicinity of Moabi Regional Park on Saturday evening resulted in 13 wounded and two missing people, authorities said.

(San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office)

Two pleasure craft collided Saturday in the Colorado River along the California-Arizona border, leaving 13 people wounded and two missing, authorities said.

People missing after boating accident on the Colorado River near Needles https://t.co/X5UDs2yI0o pic.twitter.com/uwoYwH27S3

— Victor Valley News (@VVNews) September 2, 2018

Around 8 o’clock in the evening, San Bernardino County Fire personnel responded to Moabi Regional Park, a recreation area, about 290 km east of Los Angeles, where many people were gathered to celebrate Labor Day Weekend, Victor Valley News reported.

@sbcountysheriff Marine Enforcement Unit is assisting the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department with a boat collision on the Colorado River near Topock Gorge and Park Moabi Channel. MCSO is the lead of the department handling of the boat collision. pic.twitter.com/jUP9ohzw1J

— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) September 2, 2018

A boat passenger has suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, said Eric Sherwin, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire District.

Six others were taken to local hospitals for less serious injuries, while the other six had only minor injuries, he said.

Some passengers were reportedly thrown into the water by the force of the collision, or jump, and were swept several miles down the river.

ParkMoabi(Update): Search activities have been suspended and will resume tomorrow. #MohaveCountySheriff is principal investigator for the study.

— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) September 2, 2018

“We were the victims of this collision, which were located 3 to 5 km downstream of the original point of impact,” Sherwin said.

Divers were called to search for the remaining two people to the effort can be resumed Sunday morning. The river depth varies from shallow to 30 feet deep, Sherwin said.

Sonar the submerged boat does not show the missing people on board, ” he said. The other boat was badly damaged by the impact, but remained afloat.

Other recreational boats came on the scene, and downstream, to help rescue victims, Sherwin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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