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Several rescued after falling into waters off Rhode Island

July 5, 2018

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Eight people including five children were thrown overboard when an overloaded boat traveling too fast hit a wave left by a passing ferry off the coast of Rhode Island.

Authorities say the Boston Whaler with nine people on board hit the wake of a Block Island Ferry at excessive speed at about noon Wednesday off Narragansett. Eight ended up in the water.

Narragansett Harbormaster Kevin Connors, who participated on the rescue, says no one was hurt but the children were “petrified.” They were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard says the operator was cited for negligent operation for overloading the boat. The vessel is designed to hold just six people. The owner of the boat was also cited for having no registration on board, and no distress horn or whistle.

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