TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Bristol man has died after he collapsed into the water at Grinnell’s Beach Monday afternoon, according to Tiverton Police Chief Patrick Jones.
The man was identified on Tuesday as Peter J. Tavares, 50.
Jones says Tavares and his girlfriend were visiting the beach when eyewitnesses saw him staggering while walking into the water. A short time later, he was seen falling into the water and did not resurface.
Several people ran over to help pull Tavares to shore, according to Jones, and he was unresponsive at the time.
Tavares was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Jones said the cause of his death has not yet been determined.