Hopewell mother, daughter die during York River fishing trip

Posted at 1:26 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 17:40:10-04

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. -- A mother and daughter from Hopewell died fishing in the York River Tuesday afternoon. State officials identified the mother as 35-year-old Kimberly Marie Privette, of Hopewell.  Her nine-year-old daughter's name was not released due to her age.

The mother and daughter were with other family members on a 20-foot fishing boat in the York River halfway between Croaker Landing and West Point when it began to take on water over the bow, investigators said.

"The boat started to bog down and they plugged in a secondary bilge pump. It was unable pump out the incoming water. They were able to get the motor started and tried to get the boat on plane to push out the water," a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries investigators said. "When they got on plane the water from the bow came rushing back and causing the boat to capsize ejecting three of the occupants. Two of which became trapped under the boat."

The child's father, grandfather, cousin, and a family friend were all in the boat when it capsized.

"It is believed the subjects were in the water from 12:30 until 2:38 p.m. until a passerby boat was able to rescue them and call for help," the investigator said. "The six people were pulled from the water, two of whom were unconscious and required CPR."

All six people were taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital where Privette and her daughter were pronounced dead.

Investigators said both Privette and her daughter were wearing life jackets.

"The initial investigation indicates the two were trapped under the boat when it capsized," the investigator said. "The four other individuals who were also taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital were released and did not accept medical assistance."

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