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A 29-foot Dyer powerboat is engulfed in flames off Watch Hill before sinking early Friday morning.

9 rescued after vessel loses steering ability


CHARLESTOWN — Nine passengers and a dog were rescued from a boat that had lost its steering capability, striking the Charlestown Breachway jetty while returning to Ninigret Pond Sunday night. No one was injured in the incident.

Police Lt. Patrick J. McMahon, who also serves as EMS chief, said Charlestown police dispatch received a 911 call reporting the incident at 8:30 p.m. Charlestown fire, police and rescue personnel were informed of a report of a vessel in distress off the mouth of the breachway.

Officer David Westervelt, first on the scene, reported he could see the vessel just off the mouth of the breachway, but was unable to determine if anyone was injured and did not have any communication with the vessel because the boat was approximately 500 yards away from shore.

McMahon said Charlestown Rescue responded to the boat — a 1988 Chris Craft Sea Hawk named Summer Recess — and made contact with the occupants of the boat owned and operated by Steven Caron, of East Haddam, Conn.

Caron told police he lost all steering capabilities as he entered the mouth of the breachway and the outgoing tide pushed the boat back out into open water.

McMahon said a crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Point Judith responded as well as the Charlestown harbor master. USCG conducted an on-scene investigation and requested the local department’s assistance in transporting seven young occupants and a dog back to their destination at Ninigret Pond.

McMahon said the owner of the vessel and his wife stayed on the boat, anchored off the Breachway, until daybreak, when arrangements were made to have the vessel towed.

— A.J. Algier



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