CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A candidate for governor in Rhode Island had to be rescued by the Coast Guard after his yacht hit a rock while blasting music at beachgoers to draw attention to his campaign.
Joe Trillo thanked first responders Monday for rescuing him and three others on Sunday near Charlestown. He said they hit a rock that wasn’t charted and started taking on water.
“The officials arrived on scene quickly and acted with the utmost professionalism and effectiveness to ensure the safety and comfort of myself and my crew. I would like to personally say thank you for all of their hard work,” Trillo said in a statement.
The Coast Guard, which posted a photo on Facebook, says Trillo was 100 to 300 yards from shore.
The agency also said Trillo will not be cited, and that it’s not investigating the incident.
The former Republican lawmaker running as an independent has said President Donald Trump inspired his gubernatorial run.
It was at least the second time this month he took his 65-foot yacht, the Lady M, out with a giant campaign sign and playing patriotic music, drawing complaints from some beachgoers.