An Independence Day boating accident on Lake Havasu, bordering California and Arizona, left Marine Lance Corporal Chad Ryan Brammer, 23, dead. Brammer, stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms was visiting friends for the holiday weekend in the greater Lake Havasu area when a fun day on the water turned deadly.
According to authorities, the incident took place about 3:00 p.m. in the lake’s South Basin area located across from Copper Canyon. The fatal accident is under investigation, so there are very few details available at this time.
SFGate.com said Brammer was operating a personal watercraft, unknown brand or model, when he crossed the bow of a 31-foot boat. There was no mention of the condition of the six people aboard the larger vessel. Eye-witness reports indicate Brammer was wearing a personal flotation device.
Original reporting indicates someone aboard a third vessel on scene used a cell phone to call 911. Brammer was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Lance Corporal Brammer is a native of Lambertville, Mich., and according to a statement released by his father late yesterday, had been in the Marine Corps just under two years.
As yet, there has been no official statement from the Marine Corps.
More information will be available following completion of the investigation, including eye-witness accounts, toxicology, and autopsy.
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