Shellfisherman hit, injured by boat off Warwick coast; operator cited

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A South Kingstown man was taken to the hospital Sunday after he was hit by a powerboat near Sandy Point Beach in Warwick.

Mark Nayman, 60, was diving for shellfish in about six feet of water when he was hit around 10:45 a.m., according to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. He had a dive flag on his boat, the DEM said, and was swimming back when he was struck.

Nayman was brought to a nearby dock by a Warwick Fire Department boat then transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for a head injury and a laceration to his right shoulder.

The DEM said the operator of the 21-foot boat, Philip McAndrew, 52, of East Greenwich, was cited for oerating a motorboat within 50 feet of a dive flag, improper lookout, failure to avoid a collision, and expired visual distress signals.

The incident remains under investigation by the DEM’s law enforcement division.

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