1 dead, 2 injured after tugboat, skiff collide near Jordan Bridge in Elizabeth River


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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Marine Police confirmed a man was killed and two other people were injured after a tugboat collided with a skiff Wednesday night in the Elizabeth River near the Jordan Bridge.

Marine police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene after the incident. Another man suffered minor injuries and a child was taken to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk in serious condition.

Officials said they were working to locate and notify the family of the man who died.

The call came in reporting the incident around 9:15 p.m. The Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Norfolk Fire-Rescue boats, U.S. Navy units, a Coast Guard helicopter and Chesapeake Fire-Rescue responded.

Crews from Chesapeake police and Chesapeake fire could be seen bringing a skiff from out of the middle of the river.

Behind the skiff, a tugboat came in named the “Miss Judy.” Scene tape was set up around the docks at Elizabeth River Park.

The scene remained active as of 11:30 p.m. Investigators with Chesapeake fire, Virginia Marine Police and Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic were on both boats that were brought to the docks at that time.

Virginia Marine Police said the investigation into the cause of the collision was ongoing as of 1 a.m.

Authorities will release more information as it becomes available.

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