The New Kent Sheriff’s Office along with New Kent Fire-Rescue are investigating a possible drowning on the Pamunkey River near Cumberland Road in New Kent County. The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office got the call around 1:15 p.m.
Deputy Chief Joe McLaughlin says the man–in his mid to late 60s–was alone in a small motor boat about 300 yards from the shore.
“It appears that the gentleman’s boat had stalled. He made several attempts to get the boat back to shore. Then apparently decided at that point to swim to shore,” said Deputy McLaughlin.
Witnesses told deputies the man jumped in the water and never resurfaced. About five minutes later, they called 911. Officials arrived at the scene shortly after.
“Unfortunately at this time, we have had no contact with the boater. It appears we are in a recovery mode situation,” said McLaughlin.
Virginia State Police sent out a helicopter, and several other local emergency crews have been assisting in the search, including New Kent Sheriff’s Office, New Kent Fire and Rescue, West Point Fire and Rescue, Henrico Fire Department, and the Department of Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries.
Chief Deputy McLaughlin says because of the river’s strong current, crews will have a wide spread search area to look at.
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