4 missing, 10 hurt after 2 boats collide, sink on Colorado River

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MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. (CBS NEWS) — The search continues for four people missing after two boats crashed and sank on the Colorado River, ejecting more than a dozen people, authorities said. 

A recreational boat carrying 10 people and another vessel with six people on board collided head-on Saturday night on a well-traveled stretch of the river that marks the border between California and Arizona, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said. 

Both boats sank, and passing boaters pulled crash victims from the water. Ten people were injured, with one in critical condition, authorities said. 

The crash occurred between two popular marinas and near Moabi Regional Park, a well-traveled recreation area crowded with people enjoying the Labor Day  weekend. 

Three women and one man remained missing on Sunday, Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster said. 

Helicopters were deployed, and authorities scoured the shoreline to try to find them. Divers were sent into the river's waters, which can range from shallow to 30 feet deep. 

"These efforts will continue until all of those who are missing and unaccounted for have been located," Schuster told reporters Sunday. 

The cause of the crash is being investigated. None of the boaters were wearing life jackets, which aren't required but are recommended by authorities, Shuster said. 

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