Coast Guard responds to vessel collision

NEWPORT, R.I.- The Coast Guard responded to a vessel collision near Klingstone House in Newport, R.I., Saturday.

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill received a report from the vessel Rum Runner II at 5:10 p.m., that a collision occurred between the sailing vessels Nefertiti and Blue Jay.

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill launched a 41-foot utility boatcrew at 5:15 p.m., and arrived on scene with the Nefertiti at 5:25 p.m. and escorted them to their homeport in Newport Harbor.

The Blue Jay was towed to its mooring at the Clarks Marina in Jamestown, R.I., by the Newport harbor master. The Jamestown Police Department detained the operator until a Station Castle Hill boatcrew arrived to identify the man.

The operators of the Nefertiti and the Blue Jay both passed sobriety tests.

The Coast Guard and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are investigating the cause of the incident.

There are no injuries or signs of pollution.

“There was no alcohol involved,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Shore, officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Castle Hill. “We are glad there were no injuries in the incident.”

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