Very few details on this story. A man is reported in the water bordering a Virginia nuclear plant, with some kind of device hanging around his neck. Harris Faulker, Fox News, is reporting the man appears to be “disoriented,” and Jenna Lee on Fox says the device is “suspicious.” There appears to be two nuclear power plants in the state of Virginia. The photo of the man in the water shown on Fox appears to be the Surry Nuclear Power Plant. Developing story – more as news becomes available – see updates below.
UPDATE 12:25 pm EDT: CBS 6 reports that the man was in an inflatable boat (9′ long) on the James River, a white man about 30 years old, with a black box chained around his neck. The initial call about this man happened at 7 am EST time. A “crabber” found the man and reported him. The “crabber offered to help the man, but was told to stay away. Air space has been closed over the area and land traffic has been diverted. The same report says the man was towed ashore. See the video below.
Surry Nuclear is located in Surry County in southeastern Virginia. This information from Wikipedia about the population near the plant:
The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Surry was 127,041, an increase of 21.9 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 2,292,642, an increase of 13.9 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Virginia Beach (47 miles to city center), Norfolk (30 miles to city center), Richmond (50 miles to city center).
UPDATE 1:10pm EDT: Trace Gallagher at Fox has just reported that the black box chained around the man’s neck contained “sand.” No other details on motive or the chained box.
Man with Suspicious Black Box Chained to Neck off Border of Surry Nuclear Plant (video)