Boat accident near Emerald Cove leaves operator in intensive care

On April 16, 2021 at approximately 10:23 pm, the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Boat Accident Investigation Team was dispatched to a major injury boat collision that occurred on the California shoreline at Bass Point on the Parker Strip.

Through investigation and interviews, it was determined Mark Thene was operating a 19-foot SeaRay southbound on the Colorado River at a high rate of speed given the time of night. The vessel collided into the shoreline and came to rest approximately 20 feet up the embankment. Mark Thene, the solo occupant and operator was first treated by Buckskin Fire Department, who then transported him to River Medical, who brought him to La Paz Regional Hospital prior to investigators arriving on scene and was ultimately flown to a trauma center in Phoenix. Thene suffered major injuries and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

This boat collision is an ongoing investigation and alcohol appears to be a factor. Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to contact Deputy Brian Weck at the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

70 comments

  1. Nice to mention Buckskin Fire who was first on scene and had initial care of pt.. BFD transported PT. Across the river to AMR Buckskin had one medic ride in with pt. To the Care flight Helo pad .BFD divers then checked the area in the water near the accident to clear in case other passengers were involved.

  2. Blake Vitali
    Rob Weinmeister

  3. Lorri Franklin did you guys hear this?

  4. Lorri Franklin did you guys hear this?

  5. Heather Tront I heard the sirens.. just now hearing what happened.

  6. Heather Tront I heard the sirens.. just now hearing what happened.

  7. Why do people have to drink and drive. Thank God he only hurt himself and not some unfortunate families

  8. Why do people have to drink and drive. Thank God he only hurt himself and not some unfortunate families

  9. Kelly Lindsey Babb not good 😐

  10. Kelly Lindsey Babb not good 😐

  11. “Alcohol appears to be a factor” – ya think?!

  12. “Alcohol appears to be a factor” – ya think?!

  13. Alan Nelson

    Rhemydog Pincher There have been several collisions with that point, over the years. Most of them fatal and ALL of them, drunk.

  14. Alan Nelson

    Rhemydog Pincher There have been several collisions with that point, over the years. Most of them fatal and ALL of them, drunk.

  15. It’s not the first time a boat has hit bass point at night. Happened several years ago with several fatalities.

  16. It’s not the first time a boat has hit bass point at night. Happened several years ago with several fatalities.

  17. That is just so sad, when will people ever learn?

  18. That is just so sad, when will people ever learn?

  19. Chris Chambers – This was a press release by San Bernardino and they didn’t mention Buckskin so I didn’t know they were there. Thanks for the info and I’ve added it myself.

  20. High rate of speed @ night…. could of been avoided,slow is good people!

  21. ……and a boat in the scrapyard.

  22. ……and a boat in the scrapyard.

  23. Does that thing have a green sticker?

  24. Does that thing have a green sticker?

  25. Robert Faraca where is that ?

  26. Robert Faraca where is that ?

  27. David Austin down across from the keys. Sharp bend in the river.

  28. David Austin down across from the keys. Sharp bend in the river.

  29. Robert Faraca ahh gotcha

  30. Robert Faraca ahh gotcha

  31. Clark Butler, Tom Neary Bring back memories?

  32. Clark Butler, Tom Neary Bring back memories?

  33. So sad. Many accidents at this point.
    First responders used our friends dock, the victim mentioned his dog.
    Wonder if it was on board and/or found?

  34. So sad. Many accidents at this point.
    First responders used our friends dock, the victim mentioned his dog.
    Wonder if it was on board and/or found?

  35. This is why i do not go to the Parker strip anymore so sad.

  36. This is why i do not go to the Parker strip anymore so sad.

  37. It should be left in place as a reminder

  38. It should be left in place as a reminder

  39. June Lonigro The turn near Emerald Cove.

  40. June Lonigro The turn near Emerald Cove.

  41. Couldn’t believe what we were seeing. The boat on that rock/sm mountain @ bass cove.

    Boating after dark is so risky but adding a day of drinking it’s insane. I agree 100% they should have left the boat there for people to realize it can happen to them.

    Any updates on the driver or his dog?

  42. I was with the group that came to his aid before Buckskin arrived on the scene by boat. The immediate actions of my friends helped to save his life as he was hanging over the side of the boat lifeless when we arrived. The dog a labradoodle that appeared to have suffered a broken leg. We kept the dog with us until animal control picked him up.

  43. June Lonigro underneath the boat I’m guessing

  44. June Lonigro underneath the boat I’m guessing

  45. Kris Stivason Gendron. Have some excitement by you?

  46. Kris Stivason Gendron. Have some excitement by you?

  47. What an Idiot! Always see boats hauling ass past emerald cove at night. Just stupid

  48. What an Idiot! Always see boats hauling ass past emerald cove at night. Just stupid

  49. The Drive seat is at Headgate Dam resting again the wire and Buoys.

  50. The Drive seat is at Headgate Dam resting again the wire and Buoys.

  51. They need to put a Beacon on that point!

  52. They need to put a Beacon on that point!

  53. I was first on the scene with friends from Emerald Cove , it was bad the dog looked like it had a broken leg I carried the dog out. Last I heard Animal Control picked the dog up Saturday morning from my cottage. I hope Mr. Thene is ok could have been much worse.

  54. Right in front of our property Blake Mayer

  55. Right in front of our property Blake Mayer

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