Big River, CA: Boating accident claims the life of a 30 year old woman.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 6:29pm PT on Saturday, August 5th, 2017, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/Colorado River Boating Deputies responded to a fatal boating accident near the Big River Park on the Colorado River in Big River, California.
The operator, 52 year old Umberto Bagnara from Beaumont, California, and 6 passengers left the launch ramp at Big River Park in a 19′ closed bow vessel to go tubing.
During the trip, the vessel lost power and became swamped and started to sink.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 6 of the passengers were able to swim away from the vessel but the victim, later identified as 30 year old Tasha Turner from Hemet, California, became tangled in the ski rope that was attached to the vessel.
Tasha was unable to free herself from the rope and was pulled under the water ’s surface as the vessel sank.
Dive members from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office located the vessel and due to the strong current, water and lighting conditions, dive missions were canceled until the morning.
At approximately 7:00am PT on Sunday, August 6th, 2017, Colorado River Station Boating Deputies and Department dive rescue members responded back the scene of the accident.
With the assistance of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and Buckskin Fire Department, Tasha Turner and the vessel involved were recovered from the water.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Deputy William Poe of the Colorado River Station/ Marine Enforcement Unit at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
Anybody wishing to remain anonymous is asked to contact We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME or via the We-Tip Hotline website at: https://wetip.com/
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