Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A boat traveling from Connecticut began taking on water after striking an object in the Sakonnet River Monday evening.
Five people were rescued Monday evening near the Portsmouth shore after their boat began taking on water in the Sakonnet River. "We've received a report from the U.S. Coast Guard that there was a boat taking on water in the Sakonnet River," said Portsmouth Fire Chief Michael Cranson. The powerboat with five on board was traveling from Connecticut to a Portsmouth marina when it struck an object in the Sakonnet River around 6:30 p.m. Rescue crews and boats from Portsmouth, Middletown, Tiverton, Providence and Warwick, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, were called to respond. Boats from Middletown, Tiverton and Portsmouth were the first to arrive. Mutual aid from Warwick and Providence was later canceled. All five people on the boat were…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A glimpse of life around Tiverton and Little Compton.
Do you like to take pictures? Have you recently captured a shot of something neat in town? Photographer Jim Caine sent out another incredible photograph, this time showcasing the pristine early-morning serentiy of life on the Sakonnet River. It's been posted as our new Facebook Timeline banner photo. Send us your favorite shot from around Tiverton and Little Compton and it could become our Photo of the Day! E-mail photos and a few sentences with information including when the photo was taken, where it was taken and who is in it, to Tiverton@patch.com or post it to our Facebook page.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Little Compton's Sakonnet Point Club is seeking to change its existing permit and redirect its discharge from a reverse osmosis drinking water treatment system to a new outfall stucture that should not increase pollutants realeased into the Sakonnet River
The Sakonnet Point Club is asking the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) for a modification to its existing Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The club is looking to change from a reverse osmosis drinking water treatment system to a new outfall stucture which is proposed to be installed in and discharge to the Sakonnet Harbor. The discharge, according to DEM, will be identical to that which is was previously approved to to discharge into the bay - consisting of brackish effluent. Any discharge of cleaning or sanitizing chemicals is expressly prohibited and the DEM permit contains effluent limitations and conditions to ensure that the discharge would not violate water quality standards, according to a …
Monday, September 26, 2011
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Have you ever seen a spectacle of Mother Nature? Tiverton neighbor John D'Arpino saw a feeding frenzy from his office window last Friday of what appeared to be small fish moving in a clockwise direction on the Sakonnet River. In an e-mail to Patch, John noted that it appeared the larger fish had the little ones corralled and fed on them below the surface. Many broke the surface trying to stay alive. John said the event lasted more than three hours, as the frenzy occurred roughly 30 feet offshore and moved up and down the river "at a very slow pace." Thanks, John, for sharing this photo! If you spot an interesting sight around town, be sure to send us your images or upload them directly to Patch. Also, Bob Turcotte of Little Compton …
Friday, August 5, 2011
EastBayRI.com reports on recent calls made to area marinas and other businesses about a possible closing of the Sakonnet River channel.
Friday, August 5, 2011
The closing of the Sakonnet River channel would absolutely hurt business, said the owner of the Stone Bridge Shellfish Company and Marina on Thursday afternoon. Stone Bridge, like several other businesses and marinas in Portsmouth and Tiverton, received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard this week warning them of a possible closure of the Sakonnet River channel. According to EastBayRI.com, the state Department of Transportation is seeking a closure of all boating underneath the Sakonnet River Bridge for four weeks, starting in late August. The closure is needed, according to EastBayRI.com, due to barges and cranes required as part of the new bridge's construction. Local marina owners say their business will suffer with the closure. To read …
Friday, June 10, 2011
During the height of Thursday's thunderstorm, rescue crews from Portsmouth and Tiverton braved the high seas, lightening and hail to rescue a New Hampshire man from the Sakonnet River.
"It was the worst situation you could imagine just short of a hurricane," said Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey P. Lynch after the rescue of a New Hampshire man on the Sakonnet River Thursday. Portsmouth's skies were nearly pitch black as of 6:20 p.m. It had begun to rain. Loud cracks of thunder and bright, sideway streaks of lightning were heard and seen overhead. "It was right in the height of the storm ... The lives of the firefighters were definitely at risk," Lynch said. At 6:25 p.m., the Portsmouth Fire Department received a call reporting an overturned sailboat on the Sakonnet River. Portsmouth fire crews launched their rescue boat into the dark water from the Stone Bridge. At the same time, Tiverton rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard …