Missing teen girl pulled from water off Narragansett coast

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — A female swimmer that went missing off the coast of Narragansett has been pulled from the water, police confirm.

Officials said the girl in her early teens was snorkeling with her father in the area of Newton Avenue when she went missing just before 2 p.m. Rescue crews from the Coast Guard, Rhode Island State Police and local police and fire responded to the scene to assist in the search.

“Found the father still out in the water, frantically searching for his daughter,” said Narragansett Police Chief Dean Hoxsie.

Hoxsie said the teenager had the right gear on for being in the water, including a wet suit. They’re not sure if she was wearing a weighted belt, which snorkelers sometimes use.

“The divers said there was less than two feet of visibility in the water,” Hoxsie added. “There was a big ground swell.”

The extensive search lasted for two hours, until the girl was found by rocks 50 yards from the shoreline.  Once she was found, Hoxsie said everyone jumped in the water to get her and CPR was administered.

The girl was taken to South County Hospital, but so far no word on her condition.

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