Rescue boat pulls 3 distressed swimmers from water during busy day at Misquamicut State Beach

Rescue boat pulls 3 distressed swimmers from water during busy day at Misquamicut State Beach

Record-Journal


WESTERLY — Crews in a rescue boat pulled three swimmers who had become stuck in a rip current out of the waters off Misquamicut State Beach late this morning.

A fourth swimmer who had been with the others managed to get to shore on his own using a boogie board. He did not require medical assistance.

The distressed swimmers were taken to the docks off Weekapaug Road, where a Westerly Ambulance Corps crew was waiting for them at about 12:18 p.m. The condition of the swimmers was unclear.

Following the rescue, the Misquamicut Fire Department put its jet ski back into the water at the dock. The department had removed the jet ski as a precaution to protect it from potential damage as Hurricane Jose approached the area last week. Firefighters said dangerous conditions are expected all week. The National Weather Service issued a warning today saying there is a high risk of rip currents along the entirety of the state’s coastline.

Moments after dropping the swimmers off at the dock, the department responded to yet another report of a distressed swimmer at the beach. That call proved to be a false alarm as rescue crews found the man safe and sound on the beach.

The department then responded to a report of three boats struggling in the area, but determined the report was unfounded.

dfaulkner@thewesterlysun.com


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