VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY)- Two separate boating incidents have The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and the Virginia Beach Police Department on scene at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. A sinking boat and a boat with no driver are currently both being monitored, according to Laurie Naismith with VMRC.
Naismith tells WAVY.com that the VMRC received a call from the Coast Guard at 11:06 p.m.Friday night requesting their assistance with a water rescue near the Lesner Bridge. Naismith says two passengers, who have not been identified, swam to shore after being ejected from their boat. The passengers were met on shore by the Virginia Beach Fire Department and decided they did not want to be transported to the hospital. The passengers told VMRC they believed their boat sank.
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, a boat with no passengers on board was seen running in circles two miles east of the fourth island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT). The boat is believed to be that of the passengers from Friday night’s Lesner Bridge incident. Severe damage to the boat is preventing anyone from getting on board to shut off its engine. Instead, VMRC along with the Virginia Beach Police Department are monitoring the boat until it runs out of gas.
While on scene monitoring the runaway boat, VMRC received a call at 9:15 a.m. saying that a boat was 90 percent under water near the third island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. According to Naismith, the passengers of that boat were able to swim to the rocks and were picked up by VMRC. They have been transported to Little Creek where they will be treated.
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