YORK, Va. (WAVY) - A crab fisherman discovered a 32-year-old Williamsburg man wrapped in chains floating in a life raft on the James River, near Hogg Island, around 7 a.m. Friday.
"I actually thought he was dead so I just kind of you know touched his arm, and when I did, he moved and it was like he was delirious. He didn't know what he was talking about, and I asked where are you from, and how did you get out here with chains around your neck," said fisherman Allen Jenkins.
According to State Police, the man was pulled back to shore around 12:30 p.m.
Once back on land, State Police took the man into custody without incident. Officers say he was intoxicated.
He is now under medical observation, according to State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
The man was chained to a black box in the raft.
"I didn't know he was laying on top of a bomb or a box of drugs or money or what, and you know instead of answering questions, he reached underneath of himself and I didn't know what he was going to grab, so I had my crew and everybody there so I just backed away," said Jenkins.
State Police technicians x-rayed the box and determined it only contained sand.
Police say the incident is not terrorist related.
Virginia State Police, Surry County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police, FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating the incident.
At this time, no criminal charges have been filed.
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