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One Survivor in the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Boat Accident

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The Virginian Pilot reported on April 28, 2009 that one man died and one man was rescued after a boat capsized near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Around 11:30pm on Sunday one of two men traveling in a fourteen foot aluminum boat stood up and lost his balance causing the stern to dip below the water's surface. Both men were thrown into the water. The survivor clung to the boat for many hours before grabbing a fishing line and being pulled to shore on the first island by a fisherman. Both men were wearing life jackets. The man who was rescued was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.  He was treated for Hypothermia. The water temperature on the night in question was estimated to be between 54 and 60 degrees. The body of the second man was spotted three miles off Cape Henry shortly before 7:00am on Monday. The Coast Guard took the body on board and the police identified the decedent as Antonio Cash. Prior to locating the survivor the Coast Guard had identified the capsized boat and used it as a center point for searching. According to preliminary investigations by the Virginia Beach Police Department  alcohol did appear to be a factor.

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