Newport boat collision injures three

BOSTON – Three recreational boaters were injured in a collision with a charterboat near Newport, R.I., around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday.

A 49-year old male and a 10-year old girl suffered head injuries and a 13-year old boy’s leg was injured when their 23-foot center console type boat collided with the 42-foot charter vessel Katherine. No injuries were reported from the fourth passenger aboard the recreational vessel or to the Katherine’s nine passengers.

The Katherine’s master called the Coast Guard via VHF FM radio to report their collision with the recreational vessel north of Goat Island about 9:40 p.m.

A 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill was in the area and diverted to the scene. An additional 41-foot boat crew from Station Castle Hill launched to assist.

A Newport Harbormaster vessel was first on scene and removed all three passengers aboard the recreational boat. The passengers were transferred to the 41-foot Coast Guard boat and were further transported to EMS standing by at Perrotti Park in Newport Harbor.

The injured passengers were ultimately transported to Newport Hospital for medical treatment.

The recreational vessel sustained some damage to the bow and was towed by Newport Harbormaster.

The case in under investigation.

“The Coast Guard urges all boaters to remain alert at sea, especially at night when visibilty is low. Mariners should contact the Coast Guard via VHF FM radio channel 16 or cell phone in the event of an emergency at sea,” said Lt. Bob Griffin who assisted with the case.

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