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Colorado River Boating Collision

March 13, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 5:29 p.m., sheriff’s deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to an area of the Colorado River approximately 30 miles north of the City of Blythe, regarding a single vessel boating collision. A witness said the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a turn causing it to collide with the shoreline.

Multiple people were transported to several hospitals with varying degrees of injuries. It is believed that alcohol may be a factor in the collision.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Investigators at the Colorado River Station by calling (760) 921-7900.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form or call the WETIP anonymous hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463). Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Colorado River Station at 760-921-7900.

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