Second Crash Victim Found Near Lake Havasu City

Published by The Bee News

September 4, 2018

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TOPOCK–A second victim from Saturday’s tragic boating accident on the Colorado River was reportedly found Tuesday morning near the shoreline of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe in California.

Brian Grabowski, 50, was one of four victims still missing after two boats collided head on late Saturday morning. On Monday, dive teams located the body of 51-year-old Christine Lewis, of Visalia, California. The exact location on where she was found was not released publicly.

“My father was on the shoreline (on the California side) when he saw them pulling the body out of the water,” said Bridget Sandate. “It was south of Picture Rock near the horseshoe area before Havasu Lake and 125 yards from my dad’s shoreline.”

The distance from the crash scene to where Grabowski was reportedly found is approximately 18 miles.

One boat, a Hallet, was carrying 10 passengers while the other boat, a Sleek Craft had six on board. The boats collided around 8 p.m. Saturday. Authorities reported a high impact collision ejected all 16 people into the water. Passing boaters assisted with pulling victims from the water. Multiple agencies responded and assisted with the victims.

Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster said in an press conference on Sunday that all 16 people were not wearing lifejackets at the time of the crash.

Dive teams, search and rescue members, and assistance from helicopters continue to search for the two remaining victims, Kirra Drury and Raegan Heitzig. Authorities have closed portions of the river while the searches are conducted. On Tuesday, dive teams were searching from the Topock Gorge area to the Sand Bar.

The exact cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Stay with The Bee on this developing story.

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5 Comments

  1. Sheri Cogburn

    I’ve known Tabby all my life. The loss of her husband is devastating. Also all the lives of the children and friends and the other wife Christty. This man should be put in jail for the rest of his life.

  2. Jackie gadley

    Could you keep me updated last I heard there were ten found 6missing now people are saying four. Could you please update me cause I don’t get regular tv just Facebook and any new channels I can get and the bee has good news updates but this time I’m lost were there not 16 people and what happened to each one of them was alcohol involved.

    • The Bee

      Hi Jackie. There were 12 injured and 4 missing. The numbers of injured and missing were a bit scrambled due to the many agencies working the scene. When MCSO took lead, the final numbers were put together and released to the media outlets. Hope this helps clear up some of that confusion.

  3. Cherri

    Thank you for keeping us updated on this terrible tragedy!
    Prayers to the families for there losses and prayers to a speedy recovery to those that survived! Amen!

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