10 people rescued after boat capsizes near James River Bridge

10 people rescued after boat capsizes near James River Bridge
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA (WWBT) - Ten people were rescued after their boat capsized near the James River Bridge in Newport News early Saturday morning.

The United States Coast Guard rescued two people and the Newport News Fire Department rescued the other eight. All of them were taken to Aberdeen pier.

Two people were taken to the hospital for minor scrapes.

The Virginia Marine Police charged the vessel operator with boating under the influence.

"Boaters should always wear their life jackets and never operate a vessel under the influence," said Lt. Brad Milliken, the command duty officer at Sector Hampton Roads command center. "While there were no reports of severe injuries in this incident, the outcomes in cases like this can be far worse, because not wearing life jackets and boating under the influence are the two leading factors in boating fatalities."

The cause of the incident is being investigated.

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