Neighbors react to two bodies found after boat collided on Lake Chesdin

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – State and local law enforcement continue to investigate a collision between two vessels that occurred in the early afternoon of Saturday, September 17.

8News arrived at the scene and spoke to officers, neighbors and family members of those involved in the crash.

Jeffrey Keith Allen lives near the site where the incident occurred.

“I got a lot of phone calls from the guy who lives here where the accident happened,” Allen said.

The site of a research point on Lake Chesdin. Photo courtesy of Sierra Krug/8News

Allen said he and his friends go out on the water all the time. He told 8News that this particular boat accident happened near his home.

“I know two people in the bass boat very well,” Allen said, adding, “They were probably in the fishing tournament.”

Allen said his loved ones survived and made it to shore after the collision. However, authorities at the scene confirmed that crews recovered two bodies from the water on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a tragic accident,” Allen said. “It really is. I was very shocked when I heard about it, and then when I started hearing names of people I knew, I was very shocked.

The incident is still under investigation on Saturday evening. The identity of the victims is kept until the police can contact relatives.

State Police cars at the scene of the boating accident on Lake Chesdin on September 17. Photo credit: Brad Vassar / 8News

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