Havasu Lake, CA: Major injury boating accident.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 4:00pm PT on Saturday, May 7th, 2016, Marine Enforcement Unit Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station witnessed a vessel explode at the Havasu Landing Resort in Havasu Lake, California.
Deputies immediately rendered aid to the victims along with civilians and an off duty Police Officer who was also a medic.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit also responded and extinguished the fire burning from the wreckage and aided in the rescue.
The victims, 49 year old Brian Teeter from Lake Havasu City, Arizona and 50 year old Kim Elliott from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, launched their watercraft from Body Beach on Lake Havasu City, Arizona and arrvied at the Havasu Landing Marina at around 3:00pm PT.
As Brian Teeter and Kim Elliott were leaving, Kim Elliott got onto the PWC first to hold it as Brian Teeter boarded.
Brian Teeter attempted to start the PWC and there was a large explosion that originated from the engine compartment.
After the explosion, Brian Teeter and Kim Elliott were sent air born and came to rest on “A” dock next to the now severely damaged PWC.
Brian Teeter suffered major injuries and was flown to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center by Care Flight.
Kim Elliott suffered major injuries and was transported by water to Windsor State Park and then to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center.
The following investigation determined a fuel leak led to the explosion.
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