Boat Collides with Barge, then Capsizes on Smith Mountain Lake

BEDFORD COUNTY – There were no injuries Wednesday night, March 13 after a small boat collided with a construction barge, according to reports from area dispatch on social media.

The small boat capsized after the impact with the barge. The operator of the small boat was found in the water when crews arrived. The victim was helped to shore.

The boat was left in the water due to safety concerns and recovered the in the light of day by investigators.

The crash happened on the Bedford County side of the lake near the R-21 marker.

Two fire boats responded to the call. The investigation into the crash has been turned over the the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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