Havasu Lake, CA: Injury boat collision.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 2:15pm PT on Saturday, May 7th, 2016, deputies from the Marine Enforcement Unit from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to the report of an injury boat collision in Havasu Lake, California.
Deputies were advised that the victims, 24 year old Blake Gordon from Fawnskin, California and 21 year old Amanda Zaritsky from Fawnskin, California, were each operating personal watercraft on Lake Havasu approximately a half mile south of the Havasu Landing Casino.
Blake Gordon stopped in a cove near the California shore while watching Amanda Zaritsky operate her personal watercraft.
Amanda Zaritsky approached Blake Gordon at a high rate of speed in an attempt to splash Blake Gordon.
Amanda Zaritsky under estimated the speed and distance between the two skis and struck Blake Gordon.
Amanda Zaritsky and Blake Gordon were ejected from their personal watercraft.
Blake Gordon was assisted onto a pontoon boat that took him to the Windsor Beach launch ramp and was then transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center.
Blake Gordon suffered major injuries as a result of the collision.
Amanda Zaritsky was interviewed at Havasu Regional Medical Center where it was determined that alcohol and operator negligence are believed to be contributing factors to the collision.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional information is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
** Press Release: **
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station in Needles, California confirmed to ZachNews that this was the second boating accident to occurred in the Havasu Lake, California area on Saturday, May 7th, 2016.