Breaking News: Needles, CA: Fatal boating collision investigation.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information and Press Release):

Needles, California: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station has released publicly information regarding a fatal boating collision investigation that occurred on Monday, March 29th, 2021.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 3:37 p.m. PT, the Colorado River Station’s Marine Enforcement Unit was dispatched to a boating collision on the Colorado River north of the I40 freeway. A pontoon boat was traveling south from the Park Moabi channel at a slow rate of speed when it collided with a personal watercraft (PWC) that was underway north of the no-wake zone at the I40 freeway bridge. The pontoon boat turned around after impacting the personal watercraft and placed two injured males on board the boat and proceeded to the docks at Topock Marina where they were met by Fire Department personnel. Lifesaving measures were rendered; however, the 45-year-old male passenger of the personal watercraft later succumbed to his injuries on the scene. The juvenile PWC operator was taken via ambulance to a local hopsital and was later released with minor injuries. The operator and 3 passengers on the pontoon boat were uninjured.

This boat collision is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Corporal Travis Vessells at the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Refer: Corporal Travis Vessells

Station: Colorado River Station-Marine Enforcement Unit

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 252100002

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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