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 the identity of the victim of the fatal boating collision that occurred on Monday, March 29th, 2021.
In a press release on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station identified the victim as 45 year old David Marcel Aten from Moorpark, California.
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 http://www.wetip.com.
For press releases, news and information follow the Colorado River Station on Twitter at @CORiverStation.
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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UPDATE – Deputies from the Marine Enforcement Unit are investigating a fatal boating collision https://t.co/57cvoyT5Nb
— SBCSD Colorado River Station (@CORiverStation) March 31, 2021
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of David Marcel Aten from Moorpark, California.
Please Note: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station states in their official press release that the location is “Park Moabi, California,” but the City of Needles said the location is “Needles, California.”