Oil from Aunt Carrie’s helps free man stuck in jetty

Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett. (WPRI/ Pat Wholey)
Point Judith Lighthouse, Narragansett. (WPRI/ Pat Wholey)

UPDATE: Narragansett Police Chief confirms Aunt Carrie’s provided the oil, not Iggy’s as fire officials previously confirmed.

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Oil from Aunt Carrie’s apparently has more uses than just frying up clam cakes or fish.

The Narragansett restaurant played a vital role Saturday afternoon in rescuing a man who got stuck head-first between two rocks on the jetty at the Camp Cronin Fishing Area near the Point Judith Lighthouse.

Narragansett Fire Chief Scott Partington confirmed the man was trying to retrieve his cell phone when he fell and became stuck.

Rescue crews were up against the clock as they needed to free him before the tide came in.

Partington said crews were concerned about using hydraulically powered rescue tools. They feared the rocks could shift and crush the man’s chest.

Crews decided to use cooking oil to free the man and that’s where Aunt Carrie’s came in.

He said one of his captains “remembered hearing a story from an ‘old-timer’ firefighter where they used oil in a similar situation to free someone and had also remembered reading a story about a person being freed from entrapment with the use of oil.”

Narragansett Police Chief Sean Corrigan told Eyewitness News one of his officers fetched the oil from the restaurant and the coated the man. Just when they thought it might not work, they were able to free the man 2-and-a-half hours later.

The man was treated at the hospital for hypothermia and an injury to his foot, but was otherwise unhurt.


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