Stranded Windsurfer Rescued off Point Judith, RI
November 17, 2016
The Coast Guard rescued a windsurfer on Wednesday, Nov. 16, near the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge.
At approximately 3:20 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England’s command center received a call from a person who stated that his windsurfing partner had become stranded on rocks near the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge after her surfboard failed.
The watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a 45’ response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith. When the Station Point Judith crew arrived on scene, they were unable to get close enough for the windsurfer to safely make it aboard the response boat. A Coast Guard crewman then entered the water, swam to the stranded windsurfer, and safely brought her back to the Coast Guard boat.
“Once we got on scene, we knew we had to act fast because she was most likely hypothermic,” said Petty Officer Christopher DiGiovanni, coxswain of the response boat. “We had about 15 yards between the bow and the jetty to send a surface swimmer out to safely assist her from the rocks. With our knowledge, experience, and training we were able to get her safely to our boat and transfer her care to emergency services personnel waiting on shore.”
The woman is reported to be in good condition.