PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WLNE) – The United States Coast Guard said a 56 -year-old woman was rescued early Saturday morning after falling overboard sometime Friday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard Castle Hill said they responded to a call from Warwick Police around 2:00 a.m. Saturday for reports of a possible woman falling overboard in Narragansett Bay.
According to the Coast Guard, the husband of the woman said he did not notice his wife was missing from their 39-foot sailboat until mooring at East Greenwich Yacht Club around 2:00 a.m. He told authorities the last time he had seen his wife was earlier Friday afternoon.
Police coordinated a welfare check to confirm the woman was not at home before the Coast Guard activated a task force to search along the sailboat’s prior route for the missing woman.
The Coast Guard told ABC6 they received a call from a Good Samaritan claiming to have located the woman near Potter’s Cove on Prudence Island around 4:00 a.m. The Good Samaritan reportedly heard the woman’s screams for help and responded to her location before notifying authorities.
Once the Coast Guard confirmed the identity of the woman, the task force was called off and the woman was transported with the help of a Bristol Fire marine unit to Bristol harbor.
The Coast Guard said the woman refused medical treatment, but was evaluated for hypothermia by EMS.
The incident is under investigation.