Authorities recover two bodies after Pittsylvania County boating accident; both victims identified as Danville men

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UPDATE 5:25 P.M.: A sonar boat found the second body at 4:40 p.m. It took the teams about a half hour to recover the body for 11 feet of water close to the shoreline.

The first body found was Willie Gene Terry, 72, of Danville. It was his wife who was with the men and called in the accident.

Roosevelt Fuller, 55, of Danville was the second victim recovered Monday afternoon.

Authorities are still investigating, but believe Terry may have stood up and the boat may have capsized when he was trying to sit back down.

UPDATE 3:49 P.M.: Law enforcement in Pittsylvania County tell WFXR’s Santiago Melli-Huber that the victims in the boating accident knew the property owner and have fished there before.

Three people — a husband, wife, and a male friend — were in the jon boat. The wife is physically fine and was on the bank of the lake when the accident happened. The husband and male friend are the victims. All three are reportedly from Danville.

According to Conservation Officer Eric Dotterer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the boating accident happened between 5:45 and 6:30 Sunday night. Police do not believe the victims were wearing life vests.

The Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s dive team has arrived on scene. Divers have been working in shifts since the accident happened Sunday.

ORIGINAL STORY:
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities recovered a body after a boating accident in Pittsylvania County Sunday afternoon, but they are still on the lookout for another body.

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, officers responded to a call of a capsized boat around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Authorities soon learned that two men capsized in a private pond off Dodson Road in Pittsylvania County while fishing on Sunday.

Officers say the first body was recovered Sunday night, but efforts are still underway — with help from other rescue agencies such as Blairs and the Danville Life Saving Crew — to find the second body. The cause of the capsized boat has yet to be determined at this time.

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