1 Dead, 2 Survive After Boat Sinks in RI
November 7, 2011
WPRI reports that a man died Saturday morning, November 5, while trying to swim to shore after the 18’ Wellcraft center console on which he was fishing with 2 friends started to sink off Jamestown, Rhode Island.
As the boat filled with water, 2 of the men decided to swim for shore. One of the men made it and summoned help, but the other man died. The third man stayed with the vessel, which flipped over but remained afloat. All 3 were apparently wearing lifejackets. Water temperature was around 50 degrees.
Officials with the Jamestown Fire and Police Departments responded at around 10:00 a.m. to a call of multiple people in the water just off Potter Cove. A Coast Guard rescue boat from station Castle Hill also assisted.
The boat, which apparently had some existing hull damage, was removed from the water and officials will now try to determine why it began taking on water.