5 hospitalized after being swept off jetty in Narragansett

(Eric Halperin/WPRI)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) – Several people were sent to the hospital after being knocked off a jetty by surf in Narragansett Sunday afternoon.

The reports of several people in the water came in at about 2:40 p.m. from Camp Cronin. The Narragansett Emergency Management Agency Tweeted that five people had been knocked off the jetty by surf.

Captain Nelson Upright of the Narragansett Fire Department said that the five were swept off the rocks by a wave and suffered injuries ranging from minor to “pretty major.” Firefighters had to get into waist-deep water to get the victims ashore to be loaded into stretchers for transport, but no firefighters or police were injured despite the rough surf.

Eyewitness News spoke with a boater who saw them get swept away and called 911; he said that it appeared one of them was knocked unconscious and that another had suffered what looked like a significant leg injury. The witness said the victims appeared to be two separate groups of people who were standing at different points on the jetty.

All five victims were taken to South County Hospital.

Town officials said that people watching the waves should stay off the rocks.

“It’s not worth losing your life over trying to catch a fish or go look at the waves,” Upright said.

A high surf advisory is in effect through Monday because of Hurricane Jose.

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