Surfer Swept Out To Seas Rescued by Coast Guard Crew

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a surfer today after she was swept about three miles out to sea off Matunuck Beach, R.I., in 34 mph winds and six-foot seas.

A waitress at the Ocean Mist restaurant in Matunuck called Coast Guard Station Point Judith at noon after noticing that Nadalie Baggesen, 19, of Ashaway, R.I, was getting further from shore and appeared to be in trouble.

From shore, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and South Kingstown Police Department personnel helped guide Station Point Judith’s 47-foot motor lifeboat to Baggesen. The boatcrew transported her to Station Point Judith’s boat house where she was evaluated by Narragansett EMS.

“We have an offshore wind right now, which is kind of unusual for this area,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Chad Curth, the officer in charge of Station Point Judith. “Normally the wind blows surfers toward the shore, but the conditions now from the storm blew her out to sea.”

The worst weather passed through Monday night with wind speeds up to 55 mph and seas as high as 22 feet.

Although the worst of the storm has passed, the Coast Guard stresses that rough seas and cold water temperatures still pose a safety threat.

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