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Bodies of 2 missing boaters recovered

Crews end search for 2 people after boats collide in Newport News
Published: Jul. 14, 2018 at 7:12 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2018 at 3:12 PM EDT
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA (WWBT) - The bodies of two missing boaters have been identified, according to a report from WAVY.

The bodies of Leroy Parker and Robert Coleman were recovered Monday morning. One body was discovered about 7:35 a.m. and police received a call about 10 minutes later for the discovery of the second body, WAVY said.

Two boats collided Saturday and the search for the missing boaters was called off over the weekend.

According to the United States Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescued four people after a tugboat and recreational boat collided, but two others were unaccounted for.

"We would like to extend our condolences to those affected by this tragedy," said Capt. Kevin Carroll, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. "As a first responder, suspending a search is never an easy decision to make."

Multiple agencies were searching by boat and air for the two people.

The waterway between the James River Bridge and Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel has reopened.

The Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Resources Commission are investigating the cause of the incident.

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