Labor Day ‘Pleasure Boat’ Ride Turns Into The Boat Ride From Hell

Written by K. Walker on September 4, 2018

This easy-going day on the water turned to tragedy very quickly.

*update* [Sept 5/2018, 2 pm EST]

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office announced that they have recovered the body of Kirra Drury, 24, of Ventura – the third victim found after a boat crash on the Colorado River.

Officials earlier in the day announced they had recovered the body of Brian Grabowski, of Tulare. One boater remains missing.

Grabowski is the owner of an ocular prosthetics company.
Source: ABC

*end update*

Two recreational boats traveling at 50 miles per hour crashed head-on in the Colorado River at Moabi Regional Park in California on the weekend. Victims were thrown off of the boats, one woman died, thirteen were injured, and three are still missing. Both vessels sank after the collision.

Some victims were found 5 miles away from the crash site. Authorities stated that sonar of the sunken vessels did not reveal any victims in the wreckage. Although divers are presently handling the situation as a recovery rather than a rescue effort, they are also not dismissing the chance that one or more of the missing individuals made it to shore.

Authorities found the body of Christine Lewis, 51, around 7.30am on Monday.

Three people remain missing after the two recreational boats crashed head-on near Moabi Regional Park around 8pm on Saturday.

The missing have been identified as Kirra Drury, Raegan Heitzig and Brian Grabowski.

Christine Lewis, 51, died in the crash
Still missing is Brian Grabowski





Also identified as missing are Kirra Drury (right) and Raegan Heitzig (left)

Watch the account by one of the survivors:

It’s unclear if alcohol was a factor in the incident. According to eyewitnesses, one boat didn’t have any lights on while speeding through in the water. None of the boaters were wearing life vests at the time.

Thirteen people were injured and one sustained life-threatening injuries.

Ten people were in a Hallet boat when it collided with a Sleek Craft boat that carried six passengers at Pirate Cove Marina.

More than a dozen victims were thrown off both boats in the impact and some were swept down the river.

The force of the crash also caused both boats to sink, according to the San Bernardino County Fire District.

Rescue crews searched the area until 9 pm but the mission was suspended once it became too dangerous for divers to be in the water after dark.

Search crews resumed Sunday morning.

Cops say the river may be closed intermittently near the crash site as searches continue to take place.

Source: Daily Mail


Life can change in an instant.

If you’re going on the water, make sure you wear a life vest.

Your life just might depend on it.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker