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Updated: Speed a Factor in Deadly Boat Crash off Aquia Landing

Update 12:45 p.m. 

Investigators working the scene of a deadly boat crash in Stafford County say speed was a factor.

A 19-foot Chaparral boat was leaving Aquia Creek and headed into the Potomac River when it collided with the number 10 channel marker off the shore of Aquia Landing Park beach in Stafford County. Witnesses on the shore told investigators the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed.

A unidentified 50-year-old man, who was onboard at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 41-year-old woman was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening and was later released.

Investigators described the boat as a pleasure craft.

“It tends to be more of a recreational boat and not a fishing boat… it has a really long covered bow and fairly large engines,” said Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries spokesman Lee Walker.

Officials are working to notify the victim’s next of kin but he is not from our area, but was here working in the area, said Walker.

The boat did not sink and Investigators were able to tow it from the crash scene. The waterways at the scene of the crash remain open to boaters.

Walker could not confirm the exact time of the crash, but said the first 911 call about the incident was placed about 10:30 p.m.

9 a.m. 

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A boater was killed Saturday night off Aquia Landing beach in Stafford County.

Stafford fire and recue crews were called to the beach at the confluence of the Potomac River and Aquia Creek at 10:35 p.m. for a report of a boat accident. When they arrived, they found one person had been injured and another had died, said Stafford fire and rescue Assistant Chief Mark Doyle.

The victim’s name was not released. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is overseeing the investigation into what’s being described only as an accident.

Fire and rescue crews from Stafford, Quantico, and Charles County, Md. responded to the call.

We’ll bring you more as soon as we have it.

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  • Rob Sheffield

    there were 2 lighted markers at the entrance of the creek that had been out for over 2 weeks now !!!!

  • john

    Coast Guard was replacing lights Sunday. 1 day too late

    • TyDerry

      Let’s please refrain from blame/accusations…I am sure the investigation and coroner results will provide the explanation…to include blood alcohol level if that ends up being a factor.

      • john

        Not blaming. Just pointing out the timing of replacing lights. I know people have been conplaining about the marker lights being out since last year. Maybe it was a coincidence they replaced them 12 hours after a fatal accident.

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