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Virginia Beach Police Department
Municipal Center

Virginia Beach, VA 23456

1/15/09 2009-007

TWO MEN DIE, FOUR RESCUED AFTER THEIR BOAT CAPSIZES NEAR THE LESNER BRIDGE

On January 14, 2009, shortly before 9:00 a.m., Police, Fire, Rescue, Coast Guard, and Virginia and Maryland Pilot Association Personnel responded to a distress call from a boat located about one mile east of the Lesner Bridge in the Chesapeake Bay. Around 9:25 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter was able to locate an 18 foot aluminum fishing boat that had overturned and all six passengers were stranded in the frigid waters. The Coast Guard helicopter rescued two of the victims and airlifted them to a local hospital. The Maryland Pilot boat secured two victims, a Coast Guard boat secured one, and the Virginia Beach Police Marine Patrol boat secured the remaining victim. Emergency medical treatment was immediately initiated on all six victims as they were all suffering from hypothermia and had taken in water. The four victims secured by boats were taken to shore, loaded into ambulances and rushed to the hospital.

Shortly after 10:00 a.m., one victim was pronounced dead. He has been identified as Ned Rokey, 89, of the xxx block of East xxx Street, Mesa, AZ. At 12:55 p.m. the second victim, who was the owner of the boat, was pronounced dead at the hospital. He has been identified as Allen Ray Dedrick, 69, of the xxx block of West xxx xxxx, Phoenix, AZ. Three of the four victims, all of whom are adult men from Arizona, are recovering at the hospital. The other victim was treated and released.

The preliminary investigation reveals that a wave came over the boat, causing the engine to stall out. Wind and wave conditions caused the boat to turn while the men were attempting to get it restarted. As the waves continued to hit the stern of the boat, the boat began to take on water, filling it up. The driver of the boat called in a "Mayday" distress call. The boat eventually capsized sending all six passengers into the water.

No charges are pending at this time.

This case remains under investigation by the Department's Marine Patrol Unit with Detective Stephen Miller as the lead investigator.
 
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