The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries continued their investigation today into a fatal crash on Lake Chesdin on Saturday afternoon.
At 1:37 p.m., state and local police were called to the scene after receiving word of a two-boat collision. They rescued two people and recovered two males who died on the scene while on scene.
The two boats involved in the crash were a Jon boat and a bass boat, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. They collided while both were going around a cove. The crash involved four people, none of whom were wearing a life jacket.
8News spoke with boaters on the lake today, and they say they’re still trying to figure out what happened.
“It’s just so sad, you know when you’re out on the water and there are coves and you can’t be too careful,” said David Loving, a frequent boater at the lake who advises boaters to stay alert while on the water.
“You just can’t predict what other people will do.” We’re going too fast. I’m flying around corners, you know. Yes. “You always have to be aware of your surroundings and be extra cautious all the time,” Loving explained.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has made contact with the deceased’s next of kin. Because this is an ongoing investigation, the identities of the men who died in the incident have not yet been released.
Two Bodies Recovered After Lake Chesdin Boat Accident
State and local authorities are still looking into a two-vehicle collision that occurred in the early afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 17. 8News arrived on the scene and interviewed officers, neighbors, and family members of those involved in the crash. State and local authorities are still looking into a two-vehicle collision that occurred in the early afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 17.
8News arrived on the scene and interviewed officers, neighbors, and family members of those involved in the crash. Jeffrey Keith Allen lives close to the scene of the incident. “I got a lot of phone calls from the guy who lives here,” Allen said.
Allen stated that he and his friends frequently go out on the water. He told 8News that the boat crash was close to home. “I know two people in the bass boat,” Allen explained, adding, “they were probably in the fishing tournament.”
Allen stated that his loved ones survived the collision and made it to shore. “It was a tragic accident,” Allen explained. “It truly is. I was shocked when I heard about it, and I was even more shocked when I started hearing names of people I knew.”
As of Saturday evening, the incident was still being investigated. Police have made contact with the victim’s next of kin, but their identities are being withheld while the investigation is ongoing.