DEM IDs couple who died after being pulled from high surf

Jamestown coast Fort Wetherill State Park

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A couple from Quincy, Mass., was pronounced dead Sunday after being pulled from the waters off the coast of Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown.

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) identified the couple Monday as Kongjuan Wei, 51, and Xianzan Tan, 52.

According to the DEM, environmental police officers were called to the park around 9:30 a.m. Sunday and were told by a friend of the couple that they two were fishing from the rocks along the shore when a large wave knocked Wei into the water.

Tan jumped in to try and rescue his wife but soon found himself in distress as well, the DEM said.

The U.S. Coast Guard pulled the couple from the water and returned them to shore, where Jamestown firefighters and EMS made attempts to resuscitate them. Wei and Tan were then taken to Newport Hospital, where both were pronounced dead.

The DEM estimated that the surf resulting from Saturday’s nor’easter was 6-8 feet high on Sunday.

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