Sailboat with 24 onboard runs aground in Narrangansett Bay

BOSTON – The Coast Guard responded to reports that the 57-foot sailboat Madeleine, carrying 24 people, ran aground near the east passage in Narrangansett Bay, R.I., at about 1:30 p.m., today.

A 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill transferred a pregnant woman and her husband, who declined medical treatment, to shore, and the Newport, R.I., harbormaster transferred a woman who suffered head injuries to EMS waiting on shore.

The 87-foot Newport-based Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark was in the area for routine patrols and immediately diverted to assist.

The Madeleine floated free and was escorted by the Tiger Shark to Banister’s Wharf fuel pier at Newport, where it safely moored.

“This case is a great example of how several different units can work together to respond quickly and effectively,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Sawka, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.

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