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Man with package near Virginia nuclear plant taken into custody

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man acting erratically and carrying an unidentified package on a river near a Virginia nuclear power plant on Friday has been taken into custody, police said on Friday.

The white male, estimated to be in his 30's, was adrift in the James River for at least five hours on a 9-foot inflatable watercraft with a small black box chained to his neck, according to Virginia Marine Police spokesman John Bull.

"He was disoriented, incoherent in most cases. At times he would be lucid and be helpful. That didn't last very long," Bull said.

"There are no terrorism ties to this. There is no threat to the nuclear power plant in Surry," Bull said in a telephone interview.

The boat was towed to shore and the man taken into custody without incident.

The Virginia State Police bomb squad was X-raying the box but did not believe there to be a bomb, Bull said.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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