Man with suspicious device towed to shore on James

Friday - 5/20/2011, 3:05pm EDT

SURRY, Va. - The Coast Guard says a James River boater who had a suspicious device chained to his body has been towed to shore.

Chief Petty Officer Mike Hvozda said Friday the black box that was attached to a chain wrapped around the man's neck contained sand.

Virginia Marine Police spokesman John Bull said the unidentified man was in a nine-foot inflatable raft about two miles off shore, between Fort Eustis and the Surry nuclear power plant.

Several federal, state and local agencies responded after a crabber reported the boater to authorities about 7 a.m.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the 32-year-old Williamsburg resident was intoxicated and is under medical observation. No criminal charges have been filed.

Bull says the man was alternately lucid and incoherent.

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