Rhode Island

High Surf Blamed for Deaths Along RI Coastline

High waves are being blamed for the deaths of a woman and a man in Jamestown, Rhode Island on Sunday.

The names of the victims have not been released following the recovery of their bodies by a US Coast Guard response crew shortly after 9:30 a.m.

It is believed that the pair was a couple and was fishing from a rocky shoreline at Fort Wetherill State Park. A wave splashed over the rocks and pulled the woman into the water and the man jumped after her in an attempt to save her, according to initial details obtained by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Environmental Police.

Waves six to eight feet high as a result of Saturday's Nor'easter have been estimated by environmental police. The Department of Environmental Management is urging the public to not put themselves and first responders in danger by standing too close to the surf on rocks along the shoreline in fishing areas, breakwalls and breachways.

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