Grandmother, grandson rescued from ‘near drowning’

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — An unidentified grandmother and her grandson suffered “near-drowning” symptoms after a water rescue Thursday evening near Charlestown Town Beach, just west of Blue Shutters.

An off-duty member of the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service first called the Charlestown Police Dispatch Center at 5 p.m. to report the emergency.

According to the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service, a six-foot wave crashed onto shore, knocking a 62-year-old woman down.

Additional waves continued to crash onto shore, preventing her from standing. Her grandson, described to be in his late teens to early 20s, then entered the water to help, but was also knocked down by waves.

With assistance from the Blue Shutters Town Beach lifeguards, Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service personnel pulled both victims to shore. However, both victims ingested a significant amount of salt water and suffered from “near-drowning” symptoms, according to the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service.

Both the grandmother and her grandson were transported by ambulance to Westerly Hospital for treatment. Their medical conditions are unknown at this time. Due to federal regulations, the victims’ names are not being released.

The incident took place on private property and not on the town beach.

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