Investigators continue to review boating accident that injured eight

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Investigators are still working out what caused a boating accident on the James River Friday night. It happened near Osborne Landing in Henrico when a boat collided with a buoy. In all, eight people were injured, including one who was rushed to the hospital by helicopter. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the group was riding on a 20 foot boat when it collided with a buoy.

Captain Durward Baggett has navigated these waters most of his life. He took us out Saturday to look into what may have happened.

"If you had a boat and ran it into a wall, like off of a trailer on dry land, it's basically the same thing," he said.

The group somehow made it to Osborne Landing where emergency personnel took five of the eight people to the hospital. Investigators are examining whether or not speed and alcohol were factors but still don't have an exact cause.

The accident happened just before 11:00 p.m. Friday. The waning moon made the circumstances particularly dangerous. Only a fraction of the buoy was actually illuminated. Baggett says many boating accidents occur at night because people aren't paying enough attention are going too fast for the conditions. The markers that are supposed to help you, quickly become hazards.

"It is not a place to take lightly," he said. "You really have to pay attention to what you're doing here at night."

The Coast Guard recommends posting a lookout at the front of your boat to alert the captain of any dangers. And that person, should be trained before boating at night.

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