Barrington boat crashes off Prudence Island, six injured

A Coast Guard boat similar to this one responded to the crash off Prudence Island on Saturday night.

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A Coast Guard boat similar to this one responded to the crash off Prudence Island on Saturday night.

A boat carrying six people from Barrington and one from East Providence crashed off the coast of Prudence Island on Saturday night, Aug. 31.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, a 26-foot power boat registered to Barrington resident William Wall was motoring north in Narragansett Bay when it ran aground just south of Sheep Pen Cove on Prudence at 9:54 p.m. Apparently, the boat was trying to cut between Prudence and Patience Islands.

DEM Spokeswoman Gail Mastrati said seven people were aboard the vessel and six were injured.

“Six were transported for non-life-threatening injuries,” she said, adding that rescue personnel took three to Kent Hospital and three to Rhode Island Hospital.

According to DEM, the people aboard the boat were Barrington residents Melissa Berkoff, 22, Kirby Dwyer, 24, Tyler Green, 24, Kurt Grusmark, 23, Jessie Ott, 22, and William Wall, 23. Also aboard was East Providence resident Joanna Ricci, 23.

North Kingstown Fire Chief Fenwick Gardiner Jr. said a number of different agencies responded to the accident, including North Kingstown, DEM, Coast Guard, East Greenwich, Portsmouth and Warwick. He said rescue personnel transported the injured boaters to Little Allen Harbor in North Kingstown where ambulances brought them to Kent and Rhode Island Hospitals.

“As far as the patients, there were four moderate to seriously injured and two minor injuries,” he said, adding that the boaters suffered head, chest, neck and back injuries in addition to some minor bumps and bruises.


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