A teen was transported to hospital with a major injury on Sunday after being hit by a boat propeller at Roadrunner on the Parker Strip. Later the same day, deputies searched for a possible missing child, though nobody was reporting missing.
On Sunday around noon, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit responded to the report of a major injury boat collision at the Roadrunner floating dock bar on the Parker Strip. During the investigation, it was discovered a 17-year-old male victim sustained major trauma to the lower extremities when he was struck by a boat’s propeller, as the boat was backing away from the shoreline.
The victim was transported by a San Bernardino County Air Rescue helicopter to a Phoenix trauma center and is listed in stable condition. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Later the same day at around 9:30 pm, deputies responded to a reported child swimming under a dock, and possibly missing in the water at the Riverland Resort on the Parker Strip. Marine Enforcement and patrol deputies responded to the scene and began an immediate search. Divers searched underwater and a patrol helicopter was called to search the river and shoreline. After an extensive search of the area, no one was found in the water and there were no reports of a missing person.
“While boating or swimming in the Colorado River remember to keep a safe lookout for those in the water and always wear a lifejacket,” said the Sheriff’s Department. “It can take seconds for someone to disappear below the surface.”