Coast Guard rescues man stranded on rocks

BOSTON – A Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island, 25-foot response boat crew working closely with the Newport Fire Department rescued a man stranded on some rocks at 7:08 p.m., at Kings Beach yesterday.

A Newport police officer called the Coast Guard station after he watched the man go into the water after warning him not to drive home because he was drinking.

The Coast Guard boat, the Newport Fire Department and the Rhode Island Department of
Environmental Management all responded to the scene and began to search for the man.

The man was located stranded on some rocks near the beach and was rescued by three Newport Fire Department rescue swimmers and the Coast Guard boat crew, which transported him back to Station Castle Hill. Officers from the Newport Police Department and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management were waiting for the man at the Coast Guard Station, where he was questioned and taken into protective custody. He did not suffer any serious injuries.

“This was an unusual case for us,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Andrade of Station Castle Hill. “Our priority was to find this guy to make sure he didn’t hurt himself. We were glad we could get him safely to the Station.”

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