Wednesday, February 18, 2009
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2009
Shands Bridge Closed Due to Overturned Boat in River
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Shands Bridge (SR 16 across the St. Johns River in GCS) to traffic to facilitate our response to the report of an overturned boat in the St. Johns River. It is beleived, preliminarily, that one person has drowned and three others require transport to area hospitals.
The boat has been spotted by first responders under the bridge and witnesses tell deputies they saw and heard people in the river calling for help.
Please inform viewers/listeners/readers to avoid the area of the Shands Bridge and SR 16 until it is reopened (until further notice).
Additional details will be released as they become available.