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.