Bullhead-Laughlin’s answer to the Parker Tube Float, the River Regatta, turned out to be deadly for a California man who died after jumping from a float into the fast-moving Colorado River. According to KTLA:
After receiving reports of a missing man Saturday, an air rescue team spotted a body in the Colorado River around 3:00 p.m.
Scuba divers from the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department recovered the body, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man was reportedly not wearing a life vest when he jumped from a float into the river.
It wasn’t clear if he was a participant in the regatta, or one of many people who floated alongside the event without registering, according to Bullhead City spokesman Steve Johnson.
The speed of the water current at the Regatta is much faster than at Parker. Parker’s event, held each June for the past 33 years, has been relatively free of such incidents, although many safety precautions are taken, including the presence of volunteer patrol boats, Sheriff’s Department patrols and on-site paramedics.