Boat collision leaves one dead in Elizabeth River, Virginia; two others injured

A Virginia Marine Police patrol boat (Photo: Virginia Marine Resources Commission)

A collision between two vessels on the Elizabeth River in Virginia has left one person dead and two others injured.

Virginia Marine Police investigators told local media that the collision between the tug Miss Judy and a small recreational vessel occurred near the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge at 21:15 local time on Wednesday, May 19.

Emergency response boat crews from the marine police, the US Coast Guard, the US Navy, and Norfolk Fire-Rescue arrived on-scene shortly afterward.

Officials said one adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene while another adult male and a small child suffered injuries from the incident. The child is said to be in serious condition and has since been brought to a children’s hospital in Norfolk.

The two vessels involved in the collision were later brought to the docks at Elizabeth River Park. The area around the boats has been declared off-limits to unauthorised personnel.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing as police are working to locate and notify the deceased individual’s next of kin.

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