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Police identify man last seen jumping from boat in Pamunkey River

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NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- Fire and rescue crews searched the Pamunkey River near Cumberland Road in New Kent County after a man jumped into the river and did not resurface Sunday afternoon.

The New Kent Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched after receiving a 911 call around 1:10 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw a man try to get his boat back to shore several times after the craft stalled.

The victim made several attempts to get the craft back to the shore, according to witnesses, but he eventually dove into the water around 1 p.m., to presumably swim to shore.  He never resurfaced, according to witnesses reports.

On Monday the family of the missing boater gave approval for the New Kent County Sheriff's office to release the identity of the victim. His name is  William G. Hodges, of the 6300 block of Pocahontas Trail in Providence Forge.

‚ÄúUnfortunately, at this point, we‚Äôve had no contact with the boater,‚ÄĚ Chief Deputy Joe McLaughlin told CBS 6 News on Sunday.

Once the victim is located the Medical Examiners Office will be contacted to determine their level of participation in this investigation.

Officials said the man was the only person on the boat.

Fire crews from New Kent, West Point and Henrico, as well as Virginia State Police and the Department of Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries responded.

Crews searched by boat and using aircraft.


  • Becky

    Weren’t there immediate, heroic, over and above, efforts performed by a first responder, a Deputy? Wonder why they were not covered or highlighted by Media. Not considered PC at this time of Media Attacks on Police?

  • John

    No…..when you agree to be a first responder you no longer become above and beyond the call of duty, that is your duty. The first responder is supposed to jump in the water and find someone……if they didn’t they would have a different job. Now if you Becky ever decide to jump in the water or get up from behind your computer then yes, we will have a celebration of your above and beyond efforts.

  • BO

    If you think you can jump in muddy waters and rescue and be a hero or at the least do your job first responders every time you are going to be disappointed.

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