Families Begin To Identify Boating Victims As The Search Continues Monday

TOPOCK — Authorities suspended the second day of searching for four people who were involved in a boat collision late Saturday night in Topock due to darkness. 

While dozens of various law enforcement agencies scoured the shorelines and river from land and air Sunday, families of the missing began taking to Facebook asking for prayers and help in locating their loved ones. 

“My fiancés uncle and his niece are two of the four missing,” said  Cody Lankton, of Visalia, California. 

However, Lankton did not disclose a name of the man and woman involved. 

On a separate Facebook posting, the family of Kirra Drury, of Ventura, California, spoke out:

“Our beautiful Kirra was involved in a boat accident in the Colorado river at the AZ/CA border in Topock,” wrote Denise Olson Drury. 

She continued by asking people to keep Kirra in their prayers as authorities continue with the search. 

“Thank you for your outpouring of support as we wait and pray that Kirra and the other three passengers are found. We are praying for a miracle and ask that you join us in this prayer,” added Drury. 

I was not released as to what boat the victims were on when the collision occurred. 

At a press conference Sunday afternoon by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Doug Schuster said two boats carrying a total of 16 people hit head on,  shortly after 8 p.m.  

The impact ejected several of the boat occupants into the water. 

Two victims reportedly had injuries that required them to be airlifted from the scene. One female victim had a head injury that prompted her to be airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital. 

Other victims were reportedly picked up by passing vessels and taken to safety before being observed by medical for their injuries. 

MCSO spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said it appeared neither of the boating victims were wearing a life jacket. 

Sheriff Schuster mentioned during the press conference that low lighting may have played a factor in the crash, which involved a Sleek Craft and a Hallat. 

Multiple agencies descended on the area and immediately began assessing the scene. 

Conflicting reports had indicated all parties involved had been accounted for. However, as command began forming under the direction of MCSO, it was discovered 12 people were rescued from the waters while another four were still missing. 

Dive teams, search and rescue members from both sides of the river and air units spent all of Sunday searching for the four victims of the crash. 

The search will resume Monday morning. 

A portion of the river—from Topock south towards Lake Havasu will reportedly be shut down while the search begins in that vicinity. 

The Bee will continue to bring you updates on this developing story. 

 Courtesy of Denise Drury Facebook

 Jeff Arganda/The Bee

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6 Comments

  1. Dena Robled

    Oh my precious Lord help find these missing victims. The river always scared me and I would only ferry across to the casino and that had given me anxiety. I have seen people having so much fun they don’t realize the dangers at every angle cause there are so many people moving about and distracted by there own enjoyment. The jet skiers are a menace cause they are moving about and unpredictable in there movement and of course alcohol and other sources of intoxicaion play a big factor. I am so sad in my heart , every holiday there is a tradgedy that we all suffer the pain and sadness. God speed in the four still out there. God bless the rescue teams and there vigilance to do there duty and bring these four back to their families. I just know for sure the river is a force in nature and it has to be respected and understood by every one who chooses to be in unison with it. My heart and prayers to the victims and families and friends and rescuers and the teams that have to recover these lost four victims.

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  2. Paula

    So saddened by this tragedy. My heart breaks for these families. Kirra is a sweet girl and an incredible athlete and I pray she is found safe.

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  3. Deana-Lacey-Ward

    My heart goes out to all involved, such a tragedy praying for those who lost their lives, family and friends. God bless you all.?❤

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  4. Joyce Ahlberg

    The saddest thing to hear about. Prayers for all those involved and hopefully they find the missing people soon.

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  5. Janet Dreiling

    Each incoming messages I come across brings me much sadness for all family and friends of this horrific accident.
    May they all be flying high with the angels.
    And please start to monitor more of whom regulates the boats just as you would a car. The waters around us bring happiness to many.

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  6. Carol

    Thank You! Rescuers!! God Bless!

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