Woman, 9-year-old girl from Hopewell killed after boat overturns at York River State Park


JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – A woman and child are dead after a 20-foot recreational boat overturned on the York River Tuesday.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries told WAVY.com  Thirty-five-year-old Kimberly Marie Privette and her nine-year-old daughter had been fishing with four other people, about eight miles from Croaker Landing.

Somehow, the boat capsized, and the two victims became trapped under the boat and drowned, according to officials. Both were wearing life vests.

Dispatchers received the call around 2:40 p.m. Emergency personnel, including marine police, conservation officers and James City County Police and Fire Rescue rushed to the scene. All six people were pulled from the water.

“They were performing CPR when they left the dock, heading to the hospital,” said Lt. Scott Naff with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The four people who survived were not seriously hurt and will be okay.

Lt. Naff said the tragedy is a reminder for folks to be extremely cautious on the water. People should make sure they are always wearing properly-sized life vest.

“We want people to boat safely and smartly, and enjoy their time out,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

It’s not clear how the boat capsized. Lt. Naff said the strong winds and rough current may have played a role.

Officials said the boat was registered out of Hopewell. The victims and survivors were all from Hopewell.

  • Boat Operator: Phillip Wayne Privette, age 34, Hopewell (husband and father of the two victims and operator of the boat)
  • Occupant: Charles Derwood Blake, age 68, Hopewell (boat owner, grandfather of nine-year-old)
  • Occupant: Wilton Artis Green III, 43, Hopewell (family friend)
  • Occupant: Minor, Age 17 (nephew of operator)

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