HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton rescue crews responded to a drowning at the Bluewater Marina Monday evening.
Capt. Pereira with Hampton Fire-Rescue said crews recovered a body from the water off Marina Road, near Kecoughtan Road. An emergency call came in to dispatch for the incident a little after 6 p.m.
Felix, one of two divers that recovered the body, told WAVY.com the man who died was in his early 20's and worked as a boat detailer at the marina for several years. The diver said the water was only about six feet deep where the body was found and that he possibly fell off a boat and hit his head.
The other diver, Craig Tapley, also spoke with WAVY.com. He said it's not exactly clear how long he was in the water.
"My dive partner called me and said we need to do a recovery. I had no idea," Tapley said. "We put on our gear, worked out a search pattern and went underwater and started searching. Ten minutes later he found the body."
Tapley and Felix, who do a lot of work at the marina, knew the man.
"We would talk in passing ... throw little jokes back and forth," Tapley said. "He's definitely going to be missed. I know the crew he worked with, they're a tight crew."
Police have not released any further information.
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