5 rescued after Norfolk Police boat overturns off Willoughby

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 5:29 PM

NORFOLK -- A Norfolk Police marine patrol boat with five people on board overturned Friday afternoon off Willoughby Marina, officials said. 

According to police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson, three officers and two civilians were brought to shore, evaluated at the scene by paramedics and taken to two hospitals.  She stressed their injuries are not life-threatening. 

"For what we know right now the injuries are, thank goodness, non life threatening, so we can say most likely, probably some bumps and bruises," she said. 

Parker-Chesson said the five were testing the motor on the boat. 

The US Coast Guard sent a helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City to assist, along with a 25-foot response boat small and 45-foot response boat medium from USCG Portsmouth.

Vickie Greene was driving across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and told 13News Now she saw the police boat spinning in tight circles before it flipped and overturned in the water.

"It {the boat} just stayed there and then I seen a Navy helicopter flaying over," Greene said.  "We came back by and there were ambulances."

The boat overturned about 300 yards from shore around 12:30 p.m.

Stay with 13News Now and WVEC.com for the latest information. 

 

 

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