SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) – Emergency crews rescued several Smithfield High School students from a capsized boat on The Pagan River.
The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a emergency call came in at 5:15 p.m. about a distressed boater. Marine units from the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office and the Smithfield Police Department along with the Smithfield Fire Department launched into the river. Personnel from Isle of Wight County Rescue all responded to the scene.
Upon arrival units discovered the distressed boats were from a sailing club from Isle of Wight County Schools. One sail boat had capsized and another ran a ground. Another boat with the coach and other students was nearby.
All students were pulled from the water and are safe without injuries. According to Smithfield High School, the students were wearing safety gear and exercised proper safety procedures covered in their training.
Isle of Wight County Schools released this statement:
“I’m glad the students were able to remain calm and rely on their safety training during this incident,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton. “We certainly appreciate the community’s concern as well as the quick response of our first responders in looking out for the well-being of our students.”
Crews worked with school officials to tow the boats to shore.