Police boat overturns at Norfolk marina

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk police Marine Patrol Unit overturned at the Willoughby Marina Friday afternoon.

Battalion Chief Julian Williamson said Norfolk fire units responded to the marina at 1625 Bayville Street after a 911 call came in around 12:35 p.m. for a water rescue.

The boat overturned with five people on board, three officers and two civilians who were part of a boat company, according to police spokesperson Karen Parker-Chesson.

Photos: Police boat overturns

All five of them were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the crews were testing the motor when it overturned, but police have not said what caused the boat to capsize. Norfolk Fire and Rescue, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Hampton Police Division and Virginia Marine Police assisted in the rescue effort.

“We’re very grateful for their assistance and that all of our people are going to be okay and don’t have any life-threatening injuries,” Parker-Chesson said.

Commercial crabber Mark Hudson was nearby during the rescue. “When we got out here, there was a stretcher waiting to come,” he said. “I thought for sure something bad happened and thank God it all turned out good.”

Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.

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