2012-10-18 / News

Man rescued from waters off Ft. Wetherill

Jamestown firefighters were instrumental in the rescue of a fisherman Sunday who was dragged into the water near the East Passage

Maudil Aguilar, 34, of Cranston, was fishing with another man from the rocks at Fort Wetherill around 4 p.m. when he caught a large fish. After reeling it in, Aguilar fell into the water when he tried to grab the fish with a gaff hook.

The Coast Guard said it received notification through a 911 call from a Good Samaritan.

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill launched a 45-foot response boat and safely recovered the man about a half hour after he had fell into the bay. The Coast Guard said that the Jamestown Fire Department was on the scene and used radio contact to help rescue crews locate the man. Jamestown emergency personnel transported the man to Newport Hospital.

“A good assessment by the sector, as well as a quick response by the station, helped save this man’s life,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Caron. Caron is the operational unit controller at Sector Southeastern New England, which was the first Coast Guard post to receive word of the emergency.

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