Sea Tow RI Responds to Narragansett Bay Calls

General Rescue Photo/Sea Tow

Sea Tow Rhode Island’s Capt. Kevin Scott and his crew were kept busy over the weekend responding to several assistance calls in Narrangansett Bay.

Here’s his report:

“While the weather forecast for this past weekend was not ideal for boating, few expected it to be as stormy. Early Saturday morning the winds took to howling and created a driving rain. For the team of captains here at Sea Tow Rhode Island, that meant we would be called upon to deal with some rough conditions.

Just after dawn, the first victim of the foul weather was on the phone. Sometime in the night, Father Neptune took his 32’ Silverton, which sank at its mooring in Bristol Narrows.

Later that morning, a 911 call was placed to the Coast Guard from a sailboat with 2 men aboard, who were quickly being washed ashore after losing engine power. After the Coast Guard rescued the men, the owner called us to recover his vessel from the shoreline of Gould Island. Our first attempt was aborted due to the sea state preventing safe approach to the vessel. For a short time around midday it appeared as if the storm was starting to pass. Not so. Very quickly, the wind jumped from 15 to 25 knots, gusting to 35. Just after 19:00 we were able to recover the sailboat from the shore. Even though it suffered some damage, the owner was very happy to have her back.

The storm’s third victim was tending to a sailing yacht race when the seas caused his prop to become fouled in his lines. While we were in tow with the disabled vessel, a mayday call was received from a boat in trouble just off Beavertail Point. This would turn out to be the worst incident of the day, seriously putting lives at risk and destroying the vessel.

Sunday’s weather was far calmer and allowed us to recover the Silverton. It was heartbreaking for the owner, however, as his beloved boat will no longer be cruising the bay.

I’d like to point out that not one of the assistance calls was made by a Sea Tow member. Whether this was by luck or by design, I was pleased to know that none of our members was victim to the Weekend Whammy.

Locations indicated on map below.

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