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Colorado River boat crash: Third missing boater located, 1 remains missing

Posted at 11:00 AM, Sep 04, 2018

The bodies of a man and woman were recovered from the Colorado River Tuesday after two boats collided over the weekend.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Brian Grabowski, 50, of Tulare, California.

The woman was identified as Kirra Drury, 24 from Ventura, California. 

On Monday, deputies identified Christine Lewis, 51 from Visalia, California as the first boater they recovered. 

One other boater remains missing. Officials said they will continue to patrol the river until the boater has been found.

A recreational boat carrying 10 people and another vessel with six people on board collided head-on Saturday night along the well-traveled stretch of the river, the office said.

Both boats sank, and passing boaters pulled crash victims from the water. Nine people were injured, with two in critical condition, authorities said.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

None of the boaters were wearing life jackets, which aren't required but are recommended by authorities, Mohave County Sheriff Doug Shuster said.

The crash occurred between two popular marinas and near Moabi Regional Park, as people enjoyed the Labor Day weekend.

Helicopters have been deployed as part of the search, and authorities have scoured the shoreline. Divers have been sent into the river, which can run as deep as 30 feet (9 meters).

"These efforts will continue until all of those who are missing and unaccounted for have been located," Shuster told reporters.

Authorities closed off a stretch of the river where the search was taking place.