NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Two teenagers are recovering after they were rescued Wednesday amid dangerous surf conditions off the coast of Narragansett.
Only Eyewitness News cameras were rolling as the search effort got underway at Narragansett Town Beach. Police said they responded to the scene at about 4:45 p.m. along with members of the town’s fire department, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Narragansett Harbor Master after receiving a report of two swimmers in distress.
Using binoculars, rescue crews spotted the swimmers clutching onto a body board approximately 100 yards offshore.
Police said the fire department launched their Marine 1 rescue boat and those on board were able to pull both swimmers from the water. The two swimmers – ages 14 and 15 – were brought back to shore and evaluated on scene by Newport EMS. according to police.
“It’s a lot of moving parts that go into one of the rescues,” Narragansett Police Sgt. Kyle Hemmerle said. “It puts a lot of other people’s lives in danger to go out there and save somebody.”
Earlier Wednesday afternoon, lifeguards closed the beach to swimming due to the rough conditions.
In the above video, Meteorologist Pete Mangione was live at the scene as rescue crews began their search.