Man dies after boat capsizes on James River in Newport News; No other victims reported

Posted at 10:42 PM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 10:35:41-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - One man has died after a boat capsized on the James River in Newport News Thursday night.

Around 7 p.m., Virginia Marine Police got a call from the Newport News Police Department about a capsized 12 ft. long Jon Boat and a body in the water near Anderson Park.

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Andri Jamal Williams-Bey of Henrico County. The Newport News Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene.

Friday, police said they determined that Williams-Bey was the only person aboard the boat based on witness statements and video footage. All search efforts for other possible victims have been concluded.

The United States Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Police, the Newport News Police Department, the Newport News Fire Department and the Henrico Police Department helped with the investigation.

"The Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission offers its deepest condolences to the family of Andri Jamal Williams-Bey during this time," the agency said in a statement.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

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