Strong currents on the James threaten even the experienced

By: Yvette Yeon – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With all the rain we got a few days ago the water levels at the James River have been rising very quickly.

Making conditions dangerous for anyone getting in the water.

Four boaters got separated when their boat overturned in a dangerous part of the James River.

"We're going in a real good straight at first and the first one popped us sideways and turned us sideways and into like a seven foot drop and it dropped straight up and down and the boat just turned over on all of us and that's when it started happening," said rescued boater Jim Eubank.

The group got separated as the boat overturned.

Emergency crews got the distress call at around 7:00 p.m. and found the overturned boat by the I-95 bridge.

"Last I heard Richie was saying he couldn't breath," said Eubank. "I didn't even know Captain Mike was still holding on to the boat."

Jim and his four buddies were rescued one by one.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

"These great officers found Richie I thought he was dead," Eubank said. "I was crying inside of my soul and Richie is alive and we want to thank all of the officers and fire department."

"With this water level only experts should be out there the river is just below nine foot and over nine foot a permit is required," said Richmond Fire and Rescue spokesperson John Harkness.

Jim and the others say they did have a permit, the water current was just too strong even for the experienced.

You can always make a call to check the water levels at the James River.

Just dial 646-8228 and pick option 4.

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