Needles, CA: Boating under the influence at Jack Smith Memorial Park causes injuries to 2 adults.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at about 5:15pm PT on Sunday, September 4th, 2016, deputies from the Colorado River Station’s Marine Enforcement Unit were dispatched to the Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California to investigate a boat explosion.
Due to the Labor Day holiday the area was very congested.
On this afternoon, 52 years old Robert Ivey from Tustin, California was attempting to launch his 28 foot boat on the launch ramp at Jack Smith Memorial Park.
Robert Ivey’s passengers were seated on the boat while he attempted to start the engine.
While starting the vessel, the engine compartment exploded, which resulted in a passenger being thrown approximately 20 feet from the boat and into the water.
A nearby boater pulled the passenger from the water and to safety.
Both Robert Ivey and the passenger sustained serious burns requiring medical attention.
The passenger was airlifted to a trauma center in Las Vegas, Nevada for treatment due to the severity of her burns.
Robert Ivey was admitted to a local hospital for treatment.
The case is being sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office, pending charges of driving his vehicle and vessel while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, causing injuries.
Boaters are reminded to activate the engine compartment ventilation blower prior to attempting to start their vessel.
This is a fire prevention device which is required on all vessels with a confined engine compartment.
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