Man’s body recovered from James River

First responders were first called to the scene in the 7600 block of Riverside Drive to search for a man who went missing around 7 p.m. Sunday.
Published: Sep. 4, 2022 at 8:37 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2022 at 12:29 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Fire officials said a man’s body was found Monday morning in the James River during a recovery operation.

First responders were first called to the scene in the 7600 block of Riverside Drive to search for a man who went missing around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Rescue crews say a group of swimmers were in the water when one person tried navigating across the river and fell in.

On Monday, first responders said it appeared that the man was wading in the river and was unable to swim. He’s believed to have possibly gone down under a hole beneath the rocks.

“That’s something that we always warn folks about is that yes, the river is low, it’s calm, it’s beautiful, but you know you could be standing in ankle-deep water and end up in a 12-foot hole,” said Captain Michael Oprandi of the Richmond Water Rescue Team. “So if you can’t swim, this is not a good place to be adventurous out on the water.”

The body was found around 10:50 a.m. about 200 yards downriver from Riverside Meadows. Officials have not yet confirmed that the body, a Hispanic man in his 20′s or 30′s, recovered Monday morning is that of the missing person.

The next step is to get him identified through fingerprints. If he is already in the system, that information could come back as early as today. If not, crews will try to find another way to identify the man.

Richmond Fire had three water rescue teams out in the river searching for the man, along with Chesterfield water rescue crews. A representative from Henrico Fire was on standby as well.

The James River is currently under 4 feet deep with calm conditions.