HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Hopewell and Chesterfield County authorities said they have recovered a body from the Appomattox River.
Authorities on the scene told 8News they received a call around 8 a.m. for a person in the river near the Hopewell Marina. Lt. Mike Langford of Hopewell Police said that a Virginia American Water company employee said they saw a man yelling for help this morning. The employee reportedly threw out a floatation device to him, but he was too far out.
In a statement released by Virginia American Water, the company confirms that an employee attempted to help the kayaker and called 911. The name of the employee will not be made publicly available for privacy reasons.
Lt. Langford told 8News that authorities believe the man went out on the water this morning for a recreational activity like kayaking or fishing. Because there has been an extreme amount of rain lately authorities encourage people to wear a life vest if they’re on the water.
Rescue teams found a kayak with a weight inside, which they believe is connected to the man they’re searching for.
Officials said there are challenges for teams out in the water, since the water temperatures are near 38-40 degrees.
The body was located just after 4 p.m. and officials say the Medical Examiner’s office has been contacted. VSP and Hopewell Police say they will continue this investigation.
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