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Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Wrapping up SML Investigation

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Investigators will soon release more answers regarding the deadly accident that happened around 9:00 pm Friday night between R8 and R11 near Bernard's Landing at Smith Mountain Lake. 

One man was killed and another is still in the hospital and a fourteen year old boy is credited for saving the lives of at least two of the people involved in the crash.

We asked about whether both boats had their lights on.

"That is part of the investigation and the information along that line will be revealed when the investigation is complete," explains District Supervisor Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Karl Martin.


The people involved in the boating accident were part of a tournament that featured about four hundred and fifty boats.  

It was very dark and you had people here people who weren't here every night or hadn't been here in a lot of years.  It takes about 5 years to feel real comfortable.  You have to be coming to the lake a lot to feel comfortable using this lake at night."

Water Facts
Light should always be on and visible at night 
Always wear a life jacket for maximum safety

Martin says as a general rule for recreation that if everyone stays to the right, uses their lights and common sense regarding speed, the day or night will hopefully end safely
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