Crews search for missing man in water at East Providence Yacht Club


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — First responders from several communities searched the water at the East Providence Yacht Club for several hours on Saturday.

Police said they are looking for a missing man believed to have gone overboard on Wednesday.

The victim is described as a man in or near his 60s who lived alone on a boat in the pier. He was reported missing to police on Friday.

Saturday’s search was launched after police viewed surveillance video that showed the man falling into the water.

The search has been called off until Sunday morning, according to police and fire officials. That is when a state police dive team is expected to search the water.

At this point, police say it is likely a recovery effort.

“The family has been here throughout the day and they have been very supportive of us,” Detective Lt. Raymond Blinn said. “We are working out here to identify if he is going to be located in this area, and if he is they can start on arrangements for him.”

We’ll continue to update this developing story both on-air and online.

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