One person is still in critical condition and several others are in various stages of recovery from injuries after their boat collided with an embankment near Lost Lake Resort south of Parker on Saturday.
At around 5:30pm, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a boat crash near the 33000 block of US-95 – close to Hidden Valley Resort south of Lost Lake Resort – to which they responded along with Riverside County firefighters. Three people were flown to hospital with major injuries and six others were taken to hospital by ground with moderate injuries.
Mike Vasquez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said there were more than 10 passengers on the 20-foot boat and alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. The speed of the boat is still unknown. No arrests have been made as the investigation is still ongoing.
Witnesses reported that the boat traveling fast and was unable to negotiate a turn, causing the collision with the shoreline.
Vasquez said that according to information gathered at the scene, the boat appeared to have been overloaded with passengers for its size. He reiterated that drinking and operating a boat are never a good idea, and strongly discouraged anyone from operating a vehicle if they have been drinking.
“We know that it is that time of year where people have different times of the week that are designated for their spring break,” Vazquez said. “We do expect a rise in boaters on the water and people just enjoying their vacation time. We just want to remind the public to be safe out there and enjoy vacation and your time on the water.”