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Henrico man drowns in river

A 36-year-old Richmond man drowned Sunday in the Rappahannock River after attempting to swim to an island from a recreational boat.

According to a report from Officer Charles Hall of the Virginia Marine Police, Dmitriy Solomonov of Henrico County was aboard a 19-foot skiff off Mosquito Island near Mosquito Point when he left the boat to swim to the island around 2 p.m. After he did not surface, another passenger from the skiff went into the water to locate him while the boat’s operator, Thomas Foster of Bumpass, fired an emergency flare and radioed for help. Several boaters responded and assisted in the search, locating Solomonov under water after some 15 minutes of searching. 

He was pulled onboard the skiff and given CPR, but did not respond. 

After attempts failed to get the skiff’s engine started, rescuers transferred Solomonov to another boat and took him to Windmill Point Marina.

posted 09.18.2013

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