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WARWICK, R.I. — State and local authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of a sailboat accident Tuesday afternoon that killed two Warwick residents.

Environmental police officers and the marine task force responded sometime between 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The bodies of Robert Puchta, 62, and Luann Cole, 66, were pulled from Greenwich Bay after their 23-foot sailboat took on water and sank, said a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Management on Wednesday. They were taken to the Oakland Beach boat ramp where first responders were ready to render aid, but were pronounced dead.

The sailboat has still not been recovered, despite searches by a dive team from the Warwick Fire Department and the Warwick Police side-scan sonar.


Amanda Milkovits can be reached at amanda.milkovits@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMilkovits.