Man Rescued After Falling Overboard off RI
July 18, 2012
A 51-year-old man is lucky to be alive after falling out of his 23’ powerboat while it was underway. The man, who was boating alone, fell overboard about 3 miles west of Pt. Judith, Rhode Island, and could only watch as his boat continued without him.
The man was eventually located by the Coast Guard, which launched a rescue operation when watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a relayed 911 call at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, from a woman stating that a 23’ pleasure craft with no one on board had run aground at Green Hill Beach.
A Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat, a Station Block Island 25-foot Response Boat-Small and an Air Station Cape Cod an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter participated in the search. The Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island was also diverted to assist.
The man was found by the rescue crew from Station Point Judith at 3:37 a.m. on Wednesday, approximately where he went overboard. He was transported to EMS for further transfer to a local hospital. The man was able to confirm that he was the only person on board.
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