LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (KTNV) - Mohave County Sheriff’s Waterways deputies responded to an injury boat crash near Havasu Palms on Lake Havasu late Tuesday morning.
Approximately 9:55 a.m., deputies responded to the scene of where three occupants, including the operator, were ejected from a boat. The 36-foot Skater vessel was traveling an estimated 80 to 100 miles per hour when the operator made a hard left turn and the occupants were ejected, the Sheriff's Office reported.
Everyone was wearing a lifejacket and the operator of the boat was also wearing the safety engine cutoff lanyard.
The operator, identified as 56-year-old Larry Allen Guillen of Huntington Beach, California, suffered severe head laceration and was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center. The two passengers, identified as Lake Havasu City residents Bradly Stewart, 40, and Anthony Nelson, 28, had minor injuries and refused medical attention.
The high rate of speed is a factor while alcohol does not appear to be a factor, the Sheriff's Office reported. This crash remains under investigation.
Three Injured in Cállate Skater Crash on Lake Havasu
Created: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:31 Written by Jason Johnson
Through various online reports and other industry sources, speedonthewater.com has confirmed that owner Larry Guillen and project manager Brad Stewart (the owner of E-Ticket Performance Boats), and one other passenger, were involved in a high-speed accident while testing Cállate, a Skater Powerboats 368 catamaran on Lake Havasu, the Colorado River-fed lake that border’s Arizona and California.
Larry Guillen enjoying Cállate, his 36-foot Skater, as he cruises into Pirates Cove Resort last summer. Photo courtesy Ginny Scott
The boat, which was covered extensively on speedonthewater.com (see the Project thread), reportedly was being tested for this week’s Texas Outlaw Challenge Shootout as well as the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Performance Boat Challenge Shootout in Oklahoma in July.
According to Havasu Scanner Feed, local authorities responded to the incident, which reportedly happened when the 36-foot cat turned hard to avoid a personal watercraft near Black Meadow Landing. There is also a news report online at LakeHavasuNews.com.
According to reports all three occupants were wearing lifevests and the boat’s safety cutoff lanyard was in use. Safety teams brought the occupants to Contact Point where Guillen was transferred to Havasu Regional Medical Center. Reports surfaced that Stewart has a broken shoulder and that Guillen suffered a severe head laceration and is in emergency surgery. The third passenger, whose name hasn’t been confirmed, was reportedly OK and declined medical treatment.