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2 local men killed in boating accident in Virginia

Published On: Jun 09 2014 11:21:43 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 09 2014 01:18:29 PM CDT

Credit: (Sent in by viewer Norm King).


Two men from Eastern Carolina were killed in a boating accident in Virginia over the weekend.

Police told ABC affiliate WVEC that 52-year-old Phillip Earl Smallwood and 51-year-old William T. Smallwood, both of Windsor in Bertie County, died in the accident Sunday afternoon. It happened in the James River near the Monitor–Merrimac Memorial Bridge–Tunnel in Virginia.

Based on preliminary evidence, the victims' boat, a 1975 Manatee, was overloaded with five passengers and coolers, police told WVEC. The boat was swamped after the engine failed.

The three other people on the boat were treated and released from Riverside Hospital in Newport News.

Photo credit: WVEC (Sent in by viewer Norm King).


For more information, visit WVEC.