Two Rescued in Narragansett Bay

The Coast Guard reported that a Good Samaritan boater rescued 2 people who jumped into the water after the 29-foot boat they were on experienced engine failure near Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. The incident took place Saturday, Sept. 25, at about 1:45 p.m.

A Coast Guard Station Castle Hill 45-foot response boat crew took the rescued people off the Good Samaritan’s boat and transported them to Mellville Marina in Portsmouth, where a waiting ambulance took them to Newport Hospital. There were no reports of serious injuries.

Two other people who remained aboard the disabled boat were taken aboard a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat. A second Auxiliary boat took the disabled vessel under tow and transferred it to a commercial towing service.

The cause of the mishap is unknown, but will be investigated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, which also had a boat respond to the scene. Authorities were trying to determine what caused the 2 people to jump overboard.

“The two people who jumped overboard fortunately were not in the water very long before being rescued,” said Ensign Gus Seyler, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. “They were lucky that boats were nearby that could help them get out of the water, and we were glad to hear no one was seriously hurt. This case is a good example of close coordination between us, the Auxiliary and local and state agencies.”