DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — State and local police are continuing to investigate a two-vessel collision that occurred in the early afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 17.
8News arrived on scene and spoke with officers, neighbors and family members of those who were involved in the crash.
According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, at around 1:37 p.m., a jon boat and a bass boat hit each other as they were both going around a cove. In total, four people were involved in the crash, two were rescued and two men were pronounced dead.
None of the people involved in the crash were wearing life jackets. It is not known if either boat was involved in the fishing tournament taking place in the area at the time.
Jeffrey Keith Allen lives close to the site of where the incident happened.
“I got a lot of phone calls from the guy who lives here where the accident happened,” Allen said.
Allen said he and his friends go out on the water all the time. He told 8News that this particular boat crash hit close to home.
“I know two people in the bass boat very well,” Allen said, adding, “They were probably in the fishing tournament.”
Allen said his loved ones survived and made it to shore after the collision happened.
“Its a tragic accident,” Allen said. “It really is. I was very shocked when I heard about it, and then when I started hearing names of people I knew I was very shocked.”
The incident is still under investigation as of Saturday evening. Police have made contact with next of kin but the identities of the victims are still being held while the investigation is conducted.