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Deadly Boating Accident Investigation Focuses on Speed

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Deadly boating investigation will last at least another week Deadly boating investigation will last at least another week
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland fisheries is still looking into possible charges related to a deadly boating accident that happened on the night of May 2nd between R8 and R11 near Bernard's Landing.

D.G.I.F. District Supervisor Karl Martin explains, "One person in the hospital.  We thought everything was moving a long.  One of the things that is always of interest is exploring whether wearing life jacket would have saved a life in this instance.  We encourage as the law requires by 2016 that everyone have a boat safety license."

Martin also emphasized that boating at night requires additional skill because of natural lighting conditions.  He has in the past told WSLS 10 that the night of the accident there was very little if any moonlight to help with navigation.

Investigators have determined that alcohol was not a factor in this crash that involved 2 boats and five people, including a 14 year old who was credited with saving a couple that went into the water as a result of the crash. 


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