WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) ─ Two people are dead after their sailboat overturned in Greenwich Bay Tuesday evening, according to the Department of Environmental Police.
Lt. Michael Schipritt said the victims, identified only as a man and a woman in their 60s, were pulled from the water near the sailboat, which ultimately sank.
The victims were brought to the Oakland Beach boat ramp where first responders were waiting to render aid. Both victims were later pronounced dead and removed from the scene by the medical examiner.
Authorities are still trying to piece together what went wrong. Schipritt said the sailboat has not yet been recovered.
While the weather is warmer, Schipritt reminded boaters that the water can still be cold enough to cause hypothermia.
“Unfortunately, things like this happen early in the season,” he said. “Check your boats before you put them in the water. Make sure they are structurally sound, make sure they are ready to go and make sure you are wearing life jackets. Get all your safety equipment checked out.”