Emergency services respond to boating incident on river

Emergency responders put their boats into the water at the Brookneal bridge over the Staunton River Thursday afternoon.

Swiftwater rescue services were called in to the Staunton River in Campbell County between Brookneal and Long Island on Thursday afternoon following the reported capsizing of a boat on the rain-swollen river.

While official details are not available yet, eyewitnesses reported seeing numerous emergency vehicles towing boats racing toward Brookneal, past Rustburg and Gladys. They put their rescue boats into the water at the Brookneal Public Boat Ramp and headed upstream. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (now the Department of Wildlife Resources), a swiftwater rescue team from Appomattox, and possibly the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office were involved.

Reports have circulated on social media that the person was successfully rescued, but these unofficial reports are at present unconfirmed.

Heavy rains the night before contributed to the river’s rapid currents.

This is a developing news story. As more information becomes available, it will be updated.