Search continues for missing victims after boat collision on Lake Thunderbird

Crews searched Lake Thunderbird all day Sunday for the missing victims of a boat collision. (Caroline Vandergriff/KOKH)

Crews spent Sunday searching for the two missing victims of a late night boat collision on Lake Thunderbird. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Two other people involved in the crash are in the hospital now in stable condition. Steven Taylor, 34 years old, was transported to OU Medical with head injuries. Jennifer Collett, 36 years old, suffered internal injuries to her body. She was also taken to OU Medical.

“Don’t know that we’ve actually had a chance to talk to them,” said Capt. Paul Timmons with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “We’ve been focusing our efforts on recovering the two victims that are still missing.”

According to OHP, the boat Taylor was driving, with Collett as a passenger, collided with a 1998 cream and teal Starcraft on Saturday night. The two people who were on that boat are presumed dead.

“Plus we’re still trying to recover the vessel they were on,” said Timmons.

OHP had four boats with sonar, approximately 8 divers, and a drone out at Lake Thunderbird searching for the two victims Sunday.

“You’re talking about a large debris area,” Timmons said. “We have a number of resources deployed out there to help us make this recovery.”

OHP is still investigating what caused the crash.

Timmons urged boaters to make sure boaters use personal floatation devices when they’re out on the water.

“It’s that time of year, and you know, people are already starting to go to the lakes and you got to exercise caution and good judgment,” he said.

OHP has not yet released the names of the missing boaters.

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