Coast Guard searching for man missing from sailboat

BOSTON (D1 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a 65-year-old man missing from a sailboat near the south base of Mount Hope Bay in Rhode Island today.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a radio call from a woman aboard the 32-foot sailboat Elizabeth around 4:50 p.m., reporting her husband fell off their sailboat.

A 25-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill in Newport, R.I., and a Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., are searching the area. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Portsmouth and Tiverton fire departments are also on scene.

The man was wearing a dark shirt, shorts and no life jacket.

Conditions on scene are one-foot seas and 10-knot winds. The water temperature is 76 degrees.

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  1. k says:

    i was personally listening to south east sector and the helo 6004 long with other reports —

    how is it that the woman knew he was hit by the boom in the head and went over board.. at 1449hrs

    and continue on for 30mins and claim she didnt know he was missing on a 32ft sailing vessel???

    I heard the confirmations of shoe and hat..

    I also heard her screaming to be assisted in docking the vessel — since she had never done it alone before.. ???? Imo I would not leave the scene til my spouse was found and not worry about docking the “Elizabeth” at the Brewer’s Sakonnet if he was missing..

    Since the vessel was only 32ft — and the claims of 30 mins until she noticed he was gone??? but then she claimed he was hit in the head by the boom???

    scarey scarey — glad the pupin and tiverton crews jumped in..

    castle hill was hammered by calls on vhf 21 — and didnt hear most of the calls on 22 and 16 until much later..

    Tiverton really went all out — I give them huge kudos — Seatow was first on the scene and helped with the rescue — and when they let go of the vessel to search — safesea decided it was a prime pirate target- glad the coast guard stepped in and told them they had no right to the vessel and they needed to bring it to thier port of choice not thiers.

    If safesea claims salvage that will be a sad day for the marine towing and rescue industry since they stepped in and grabbed a vessel that had been the platform of an unfortunate accident.

    Even Seatow and BaywatchRI — searched but stayed clear of – the desire to profit off someones extreme loss..