Victim’s ID’d By Family; Search Continues

Published by The Bee News

September 3, 2018

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TOPOCK—The search will resume Tuesday for three victims who went missing in the Colorado River near Topock late Saturday following a collision.

One victim, Christine Lewis, 51, of Visalia, California was found early Monday morning by dive teams.

Three more victims, Kirra Drury, Raegan Heitzig and Brian Grabowski are still missing.

Authorities will continue searching for them on Tuesday with the aid of kayakers, divers, members of the search and rescue and teams on the ground and in the air.

Family members of the missing took to social media sites posting flyers asking for the public’s help in trying to locate their missing loved one.

Cody Lankton told The Bee on Sunday his fiancé’s uncle and niece are among the missing.

Lankton did not give their names at that time.

Late Monday, a diver with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office reportedly suffered an illness that required immediate extraction from the scene by helicopter to a hyperbaric chamber at Arrowhead Regional Hospital in San Bernardino, California

A source close to the incident told The Bee the diver reportedly got caught up in a rip tide and while attempting to resurface, suffered an illness. It was not confirmed if the diver had experienced the BENS on his resurfacing.

Stay with The Bee for this developing story

(Photos courtesy of Facebook)

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16 Comments

  1. Linda

    Thank u 4 the update

  2. Debra Hartwick

    Hyperbaric chamber needed from the Colorado River, how much experience did that diver have and where from?

    • Kelly stine

      Clearly you have no idea just how much dive recoveries mean to these men. They exhaust themselves day and night to bring peace to the family. This diver had 15 years of experience going on 2 full days of diving with little rest. You speak of things you do not know. Have a heart, before you speak.

  3. Sharon

    Do you mean the bonds? Not sure what bens are

    • April

      Should be BENDS a decompression sickness from
      diving.

    • Jim Haberland

      Bends otherwise known as Nitrogen narcosis. Too much Nitrogen in the blood bubbles stream. Stops the blood flow.

    • Brittany

      Decompression sickness (DCS; also known as divers’ disease, the bends, aerobullosis, or caisson disease) describes a condition arising from dissolved gases coming out of solution into bubbles inside the body on depressurisation.
      Decompression sickness – Wikipedia

  4. Patricia McNatt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family’s of the missing. May they be found soon.

  5. Janet

    Breaks my heart to read about this. My condolences to family and friends.

  6. Mary

    Prayers to the family of victims.

  7. Susan & Kirk Harris

    May the Grace of God be with all of the families & friends?

  8. Bob

    It’s called the bends and is caused by surfacing from deep water to quickly and not allowing the nitrogen to escape from the blood.

  9. Larry

    Anyone who has not experienced the tragic death of someone close has no idea of the heart rending , gut-wrenching agony that their relatives and close friends experience.

    We can only pray for them,

    “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
    hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:7

    May God give them the Peace that passes all understanding in this time of their great need.

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