Boating accident claims 2 lives in Rappahannock River

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard and local agencies responded Friday to the scene of a boating accident near the entrance to the Rappahannock River where a pleasure boat struck a break wall at Windmill Point.

The operator was fatally injured in the accident, and the passenger died while rescuers attempted to save her.

At approximately 10 p.m., Middlesex County sheriff’s office received a call from a boater in the vicinity of Broad Creek stating that he had struck something with his 25-foot boat and his female passenger was injured.

Coast Guard Station Milford Haven was notified by Middlesex County and was en route to respond to the initial call. Prior to Station Milford Haven arriving on scene, the boater departed the scene of the initially reported collision and then struck the break wall at Windmill Point.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad also responded to incident.

Members of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are investigating the cause of the incident.

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