VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Moments earlier than the solar rose over a cloudy horizon in Virginia Seashore Saturday morning, a automotive broke via a number of gates and drove onto the Fishing Pier earlier than plunging off the tip into the ocean.
Video shared with Information 3 reveals the automotive drive towards the tip of the pier, which sits between 14th and fifteenth streets, briefly pause, after which go off the tip. A flock of birds might be seen fluttering away moments earlier than.
Uncooked video reveals automotive driving off VB fishing pier
“My first response was I used to be feeling very stunned after which very unhappy,” stated Manon Scholl.
Scholl works at Ocean Eddie’s on the pier.
She stated she was woken up Saturday morning by a cellphone name from a pal telling her what occurred.
“I used to be actually confused. I used to be, like, what do you imply any individual drove off the pier? That’s clearly very onerous,” stated Scholl.
It’s troublesome to see how this might have been an accident as a result of the motive force needed to break via not one however two boundaries to get onto the pier. The cellphone video reveals the motive force braking a number of occasions whereas on the pier earlier than driving off and into the water.
“I’ve lots of members of the family who’ve suffered via psychological sickness up to now and seeing this simply made me take into consideration all of the occasions I might’ve protected somebody,” Scholl stated.
Late Saturday afternoon, police tape was nonetheless up on the pier and the realm the place the automotive broke via and drove down the pier was nonetheless boarded up.
A police boat was additionally patrolling the water across the pier as police found out the easiest way to get the automotive out of the water.
Automotive drives off the tip of Virginia Seashore Fishing Pier; police investigating
One fisherman advised Information 3 the water on the finish of the pier is about 15 toes deep.
“Proper now, what we’re doing is making an attempt to evaluate the scenario, making an attempt to see what assets we have to get better the automobile, and making an attempt to see what number of occupants have been within the automobile after which detectives are going to go from there,” Virginia Seashore Police Public Data Officer Jude Brenya defined Saturday morning.
Charlotte Murphy, who works at Ocean Eddie’s, got here in to work shortly after the incident.
“By no means heard of something like this in all my seven years,” she stated. “Positively the craziest factor that I’ve heard, for positive.”
Virginia Seashore police and firefighters shortly responded and, utilizing sonar tools, the police Marine Division labored to find the automobile.
“From the scans that we’ve got, we do imagine the automobile is positioned on the backside of the ocean,” stated Brenya. “It takes some time to get the divers prepped after which they need to have a plan in place (earlier than divers can enter the water).”
Footage from scene on VB fishing pier after automotive drove off the sting
Who was within the automotive and why they ended up on the pier have been among the many questions nonetheless unanswered Saturday afternoon.
The information of what occurred has traveled quick.
“We grew up right here. I’m 53 years outdated and I’ve by no means heard of it,” one man stated as he and one other man stood on the pier close to the police tape. “I needed to come see.”
“I simply wish to say pray for everyone within the household that’s associated to anyone that’s within the automotive. Let’s simply pray for everyone, family and friends,” stated Scholl.
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