Vehicle overturned in water prompts technical rescue

Published 10:39 am Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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An individual has been transported to a local hospital in serious condition following a crash that left the vehicle overturned and in the water.
Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Virginia State Police were notified at 5:57 a.m. by Emergency Communications of a reported vehicle in the water near Interstate 664 North Bound at the South embankment of the Northbound bridge span, according to a city news release.
“Battalion 2 and Ladder 11 arrived at 6:06 a.m. and found a single vehicle overturned in the water, approximately 50 feet from the shore. One patient was out of the vehicle and in the water as firefighters and medics made it into the water to provide initial medical care. Two bystanders were also in the water, but not involved in the incident and stopped to assist the driver of the overturned vehicle. Due to the location in the water and the steep rocky embankment, a technical rescue was initiated to rescue the driver. Fire Boats and zodiacs from Suffolk Fire & Rescue and the Newport News Fire Department accessed the patient from the water and the patient was moved to Suffolk Fire Boat 1 and delivered to a medic unit at a nearby marina,” the release noted.

Virginia State Police is investigating the cause of the crash. Assisting Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Virginia State Police was Newport News Fire Department, the United States Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Port Authority, and Virginia Department of Transportation.

Responding units included Suffolk Fire & Rescue: Car 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 3, Engine 25, Engine 5, Ladder 11, Rescue 1, Medic 5, Medic 10, EMS 2, Safety 1, and Fire Boat 1, Zodiac 5, Zodiac 1, and Utility 1 and 5. Newport New Fire Department: Battalion 1, EMS 1, Medic 1, Medic 2, Zodiac (SRT) 2, and Safety 1.

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The release further noted that one travel lane was open on 664 Northbound as of 9:26 a.m.