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Gloucester teen dies in boating accident

A 16-year-old Gloucester resident died in a boating accident on the York River Sunday.

According to a press release from Zachary M. Widgeon, director of communications for the Virginia Marine Police, officers responded to the Gloucester Point boat ramp at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, in response to a collision between a jet ski being operated by the 16-year-old and a pontoon boat being operated by his stepfather. The collision took place near Machicomoco State Park, Hayes.

The juvenile, identified independently as Brycen Wermter, was recovered from the water by the pontoon boat occupants and brought to Gloucester Point boat ramp for care, said the release. Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue provided rescue services, but the juvenile was declared deceased at the scene.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor at this time, and no charges are pending, said the release.

Virginia Marine Police were assisted by Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Wildlife Resources, a...

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