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At approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 4, James City County EmergencyCommunications Center received a call regarding a possible drowning incident atthe College Creek area of the Colonial Parkway.
Witnesses reported that a 25-year-old male, later identified as WalterJames Torres, Jr., a member of the U.S. Navy stationed aboard the USS SanFrancisco, was approximately 50 yards offshore attempting to swim to a sandbarwith friends. Torres reportedly began to struggle and a friend attempted tograb him, but Torres went under and did not resurface.
Emergency officials with James City County Police Department (includingMarine Patrol and Underwater Search and Recovery Team), James City County FireDepartment (including EMS and Water Rescue Team), U.S. Coast Guard, NationalPark Service, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VA Marine Police,York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, York Fire Department and Newport News PoliceDepartment responded to the scene and attempted search and rescue operations.
At approximately 6 p.m., the body of Walter James Torres, Jr. was located by divers. He was located approximately 25 yards off shore in the general vicinity of where he was last seen.
The medical examiner was contacted and responded to the scene.
The Colonial Parkway was closed in the area of College Creek forseveral hours while officials worked to locate the victim.
Deputy Chief Steve Rubino