DEM investigating after woman killed in Narragansett kayaking incident

South County

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — A 61-year-old Cumberland woman died Friday following a kayaking incident in Narragansett, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

The DEM said the victim and another woman left the Sprague Bridge area in separate kayaks and were heading toward the mouth of the Narrow River, where the water conditions were rough.

During their journey, the DEM said the victim’s kayak flipped over, sending her into the water. The other kayaker attempted to help the woman, who was struggling in the water.

Members of the Narragansett Fire Department were able to bring both women to shore, where they were subsequently transported to area hospitals.

The DEM said the victim was later pronounced dead at South County Hospital.

The other woman, a 56-year-old Cumberland resident, was brought to Monahan’s Dock where she was treated prior to being transported to South County Hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time.

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