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
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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wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife
and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license
and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear.
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