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July 27, 2014

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Woman killed in boating accident

A 38-year-old California woman is dead and her husband is hospitalized at University Medical Center Monday after a boating accident on Lake Mohave, the National Park Service said.

Eve Haley of Apple Valley was driving a high-performance speed boat on Lake Mohave Sunday night when the boat struck land at Cottonwood Island. Others aboard called for emergency help about 11:45 p.m., Park Service spokeswoman Roxanne Dey said.

Eve Haley died at the scene. Her husband, James Haley, 36, was airlifted from the island and was in fair condition at UMC, a hospital spokesman said.

Two other injured passengers, Donna and Biran Cheek, 30 and 40 years old respectively, were also airlifted on a separate helicopter to UMC, where they were treated and released on Monday.

The Cheeks' dog, Lucy, was found in good condition on the island and was reunited with her owners, Dey said.

Cottonwood Island is about 11 miles south of Cottonwood Cove on the Nevada side of Lake Mohave.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, Dey said.

Water levels in Lake Mohave are not considered a factor in the accident, because the lake is not experiencing the low levels that Lake Mead is, Dey said.

This was the fourth fatality of the year involving a boating accident at the lake. There have been 23 fatalities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this year.

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