Coast Guard rescues woman swept from rocks

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued a woman from the water after she was swept from the rocks at Narragansett Beach, R.I., at approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were notified by the Narragansett Police Department (audio available) that a man and woman had been swept away from rocks at the beach at approximately 2 a.m.

The man was able to swim ashore and contact authorities, and the woman was unable to return to shore. A responding police officer was able to throw the woman a lifejacket.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew immediately launched to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived onscene, located and safely hoisted the woman from the water approximately 30 yards from shore.

She was taken to a Rhode Island Hospital. Her condition is unknown.

“Being thrown a lifejacket greatly increased her chances of survival,” said Chief Petty Officer James Urbano, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England situation watch chief. “Just because a seawall looks safe, its best to keep away from the water during storms of this nature.”

Weather onscene was 20 to 25-knot winds and 7 to 10-foot seas.

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