UPDATE: Two Kayakers Rescued From Sakonnet River With Minor Injuries

Two kayakers were treated for non-life threatening injuries after being rescued from the Sakonnet River near the Little Compton shore on Monday night.

Two kayakers were treated for non-life threatening injuries after being rescued from the Sakonnet River when they flipped their kayak on Monday night.

According to Fire Chief Richard Petrin, the male victims, 21 and 26, both of Fall River, MA, were in the water for about an hour before being rescued.

The pair was transported by Little Compton Fire Rescue to St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA where they were treated for exhaustion minor hypothermia.

"People on shore heard screams for help and alerted us to the emergency," said Petrin. 

Little Compton Police received an emergency call at 7:51 p.m. from a Bailey's Ledge Road resident who reported hearing screams coming from the waters of the Sakonnet River near their home.

Emergency personnel were on scene and in the water within 20 minutes. According to Police Chief Sidney Wordell the two victims had already been pulled from the waters by a private citizen when Marine 1, the town's fire rescue boat, arrived.

The victims were rescued just past the breakwater.

Police and Fire crews cleared the scene within 45 minutes.

Gary September 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
my son and I were fishing the north end of the breakwater at Sakonnet point when these two came by us in their canoe, not a kayak, about 14 or 16 feet long. as soon as they got along side us they asked if we had any luck fishing, we replied no. we couldn't' believe some one going out in the dark, wind SW at 3 to 6 knots, waves to 4 feet. as soon as they passed the break water they looked like a cork bobbing in the water. there was a third person that was supposed to go with them an he declined telling them it was too rough. he spoke to us and said that he couldn't get his cell phone because it was locked in their car...
kyle September 18, 2012 at 05:23 PM


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