One dead in boat collision on James River

 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 17, 2010) – Coast Guard and local agencies respond to a collision in the vicinity of the James River Bridge Sunday morning.

At 9:53 a.m. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Road watchstanders received word over channel 16 VHF-FM that a Sea Tow vessel with one person aboard, and a 19-foot boat with two people aboard, a man and a 13-year-old male, had collided.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station Portsmouth, a Coast Guard rescue helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City, and Coast Guard Port Security Units responded to the incident alongside a Newport News Fire Department boat crew, a Virginia Marine Resources Commission boat crew and a good Samaritan.

Newport News Fire department arrived on scene first, transported the injured aboard and took them to Huntington Park in Newport News where they were transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center by Emergency Medical Service crews. The 13-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The 13-year-old boy’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

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