Body Found in Search for 4 Missing Boaters After Head-On Crash in Colorado River

The body of Christine Lewis, 51, of Visalia, Calif., was found about 7:30 a.m. Monday, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said.
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The body of a California woman who was among the four missing after two boats collided head-on in the Colorado River has been found, authorities said. 

The body of Christine Lewis, 51, of Visalia, California, was located at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, downstream of Topock, Arizona, near the California border, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said

Lewis, known as “Chrisi,” was a nurse who headed up the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. She was remembered for dedication to her work and passion for her patients, Kaweah Delta Chief Executive Officer Gary Herbst said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew Chrisi Lewis and to the family and friends still searching the river for their loved ones,” Herbst said. “She loved her patients, she was an invaluable team member, and she will be greatly missed.”

Lewis and three others were missing after the two recreational boats they were on crashed into each other on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina at about 8 p.m. Saturday. 

During the collision, all 16 people aboard the two boats were thrown into the water and both vessels sank.

Some of the passengers were carried miles down the river before they were found, while others were pulled from the water by passing boaters, the sheriff’s office said. 

Ten of the people aboard the boats were hurt, including one critically injured woman who was flown from the scene to a Las Vegas hospital. The nine others were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

The three others still missing, two other women and a man, are presumed dead.

Search crews have been tirelessly scouring the river since the crash, with the sheriff’s office saying it would continue to patrol "until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.''

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