Friday, July 6, 2012

CCSO reports busy July 4th holiday

Three people were injured when this watercraft on Lake Powell hit a rock outcropping. 
Photo courtesy of CCSO

Deputies Respond to Numerous Calls for Service on July 4th Holiday
          Flagstaff, Arizona; Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies stayed busy responding to a wide variety of calls for service during the Fourth of July Holiday.  Calls for service included a boat accident on Lake Powell, 9 motor vehicle collisions to include a roll over accident involving an impaired driver and an injury accident in Forest lakes involving an off road vehicle.  Deputies conducted one hundred and thirty four special patrols on forest service roads, in residential neighborhoods and at commercial businesses located within the unincorporated areas of Coconino County . Other calls for service included:
            Burglary                                   1
            Criminal Damage                      3
            Disturbing the Peace               12
            Domestic Violence                    3
            Emergency Medical Call           6
            Search and Rescue                   3
            Fire Related                              6
            Suspicious Activity                    6
            Theft                                        2
            Threatening                               1
On Wednesday July 4, 2012 immediately following the fireworks display on Lake Powell at about 9:43 pm the National Park Service received the report of a recreational watercraft that had struck an object and ejected three of its ten passengers onto the shore.  Law Enforcement Officers from the National Park Service, Arizona Game and Fish and Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Parson’s Point located on Lake Powell directly south of the Wahweap Marina.  National Park Service and Game and Fish Officers were first to arrive and immediately rendered first aid to three victims who had been ejected from the watercraft onto the shore.  The victims included a three year old male, a three year old female and a 25 year old female all of Cedar City Utah .  Classic medical transport flew the male to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he was treated for non life threatening head injuries, the female adult and child were taken by ground ambulances from the National Park Service and the Page Fire Department to the Page Hospital where they were treated for non life threatening head injuries and soft tissue damage consistent with blunt force trauma. 
Sheriff’s Office investigators determined that a twenty three foot deck boat loaded with ten occupants struck a rock outcropping island causing the three victims who were seated at the front of the boat on the bow to eject and land on the shore.  Investigators do not believe the water craft operator was impaired and they do not anticipate any enforcement action at this time.  The investigation of this unfortunate accident is ongoing. 

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