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Two dead after Claytor Lake boat crash

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 2:13 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2021 at 4:54 PM EST
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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Two people were killed in a boating accident in Pulaski County late Wednesday morning, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Two fishing boats collided in Claytor Lake; earlier reports indicated it was Peak Creek. The names of the victims have not been released.

The crash took place about a half mile from the Conrad Brothers Marina.

According to Deputy Director of Public Safety for Pulaski County Shawn Hite, the initial call came in just before noon Wednesday from a passerby. New River Valley first responders were quick to respond to the area.

“We’re very lucky in the New River Valley to have close partners, relationships with folks in the other areas that can come in and help with things like this,” Hite said. “Obviously we respond in their locations as requested as well. We’re very lucky to have that in our area.”

Officials said the incident response was normal—and they’re used to helping each other out in times of need.

“The dispatchers there were able to gather the required information based on what they had and dispatch the appropriate resources to the scene,” Hite said. “That’s normal procedure for them and it was very helpful to get folks on the waterways quickly to resolve the situation.”

Hite said it’s important to keep water safety top of mind as we enter the warmer months.

“The Virginia waterway laws are all there for a purpose and wearing life jackets, taking the proper boating courses are always things that we advise people to do,” Hite said.

Virginia Conservation officers are leading the investigation into the crash. They cleared the water just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and said they will continue their investigation out of the water Thursday.

We will continue to bring you updates as they become available.

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