Coast Guard assists in rescue of father and son near Worden Pond, R.I.

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted the South Kingstown Police Department and Rhode Island State Police in rescuing a 49-year-old male and his 12-year-old son after they were reported overdue Sunday evening.

At approximately 11 a.m. Monday, Rhode Island State Police notified watchstanders at the Coast Guard First District that the missing father and son had been located in chest deep mud and heavy brush in the marshes near Worden Pond by a search party. The search party was unable to remove the individuals and requested Coast Guard assistance in the recovery.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and safely hoisted the individuals at approximately 1:30 p.m. They were then transported to West Kingston Middle School where they were met by awaiting EMS and were taken by ambulance to South County Hospital in Wakefield, R.I.

The search for the two individuals began at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday when the South Kingstown Police Department received a report of an overdue father and son who had been traveling on an inflatable raft from Thirty Acre Pond to Worden Pond and had not arrived at their expected time of 4 p.m.

An Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew also assisted in the search Sunday evening.

“This case really exemplified how working closely with local agencies is incredibly helpful in search and rescue,” said Lt. Zephyr Mayes, pilot at Air Station Cape Cod. “The quick and thorough response and professionalism from all of the agencies involved enabled the safe and timely rescue of the individuals. I was glad to see the father and son get off of the helicopter safely. It was a good sight.”

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