Tug boat & recreational vessel crash kills man, injures another man near Jordan Bridge; child dies at hospital

Posted at 4:26 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 16:54:22-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Virginia Marine Police is investigating a boating crash that killed one person and injured two others.

Around 9:15 p.m., officers got a report about a boating crash involving a tug boat and a small recreational vessel near the Jordan Bridge on the Elizabeth River.

One adult male was pronounced dead at the scene. Another adult male suffered minor injuries and a child was taken to CHKD in serious condition, according to Virginia Marine Police.

A 36-year-old male identified as David Myatt of Chesapeake was pronounced dead at the scene. Another adult male, 37-year-old Matthew Tillman of Suffolk, suffered minor injuries and was treated by EMS on scene. The child was 8 years old.

On Monday, Virginia Marine Police confirmed the child died around 4:25 a.m. Friday from their injuries sustained in the crash.

Myatt, the operator of the boat, Tillman and the child were in a 19-foot Carolina Skiff when it impacted the 59 foot tug boat “Miss Judy.”

The Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, US Navy, Virginia Marine Police, Norfolk Fire-Rescue, Chesapeake Fire-Rescue and the Chesapeake Police Department responded to the report.

The investigation is on-going to determine the cause of the crash.