Woman Killed in Boating Accident near Laughlin

A 43-year-old woman from California was killed Sunday (Aug. 19) night when her jet ski collided with a boat on the Colorado River near Laughlin. 

Witnesses report the victim was traveling at a high rate of speed in a straight line when she struck the bow (front) of a rental jet boat that was near the buoy line at Davis Dam. The rental jet boat was operating at less than 5 miles per hour when the collision occurred. CPR was administered to the victim by both bystanders and the Bullhead Fire Department, however the victim was pronounced dead at the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, AZ. 

"You really hate to see something like this," said David Pfiffner, Nevada's boating law administrator. "It's late in the day at the end of the weekend. Everyone was probably just heading off the water when an accident occurred that ended someone's life. This is another tragic example of how serious operating a boat can be. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this woman’s family and friends during this difficult time.” 

An autopsy will be performed as investigators attempt to determine the cause of the accident. 

While anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 is required to pass a boating education course before operating a boat on Nevada’s waters, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) suggests that everyone who plans on operating a boat or personal watercraft should take the course. Boaters who want to take a boating safety class or learn more about NDOW’s boating safety program can visit NDOW on the web at www.ndow.org.   

While the cause of this accident is still under investigation, NDOW also wants to remind everyone to boat sober.  

“Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths," said Pfiffner. "It can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. Boating is difficult enough without adding alcohol to the equation." 

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