Swimmer rescued from water near I-64 in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A swimmer was rescued from a shipping channel in the water near Interstate 64 in Norfolk Tuesday evening.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue says crews were called to I-64 east near exit 272 for a possible water rescue at 4:45 p.m.

Several units responded, including a fire engine, a medic and a Battalion Chief. A fire and rescue boat was launched from the Willoughby Marina.

A visual search of the area near I-64 was conducted on the east side of the first span of the Hampton Roads Bridge to the first island.

The fire and rescue boat searched the water on the west side to the first island. VDOT and Virginia State Police officials at the first island confirmed that they had also conducted visual searches of both sides.

Coast Guard officials eventually contacted the fire and rescue boat and advised that a swimmer was recovered near the shipping channel. The Coast Guard requested Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Norfolk Police meet them at the marina.

Once at the dock, the swimmer refused to be evaluated and was turned over to Norfolk Police.

All units were cleared at 6:09 p.m.

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