Woman dies after sailboat and motorboat collide off Newport
A 60-year-old woman died Sunday when she was thrown from a two-person catamaran sailboat participating in a regatta after the vessel and a powerboat collided near Newport Bridge in Rhode Island, the state’s Department of Environmental Management said.
The bridge connects Newport and Jamestown.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Daniel Latimer said the powerboat apparently ran over the woman at about 2:45 p.m. in Narragansett Bay, and the propellers severely lacerated her.
“She was unconscious and bleeding when the Newport harbormaster pulled her out of the harbor,” Latimer said. “They started CPR and were trying to revive her.”
No other injuries were reported, he said.
The powerboat was operated by a couple who were out on the water “enjoying their day.”
Latimer said no rules dictate how far vessels must stay away from each other, only “common courtesy.”
The sailboat was racing in the New England 100 Regatta, the Department of Environmental Management said. The woman was killed during the North American Catamaran Racing Association’s New England chapter regatta.
Latimer said that he did not know whether any charges would be brought, as that was not the Coast Guard’s responsibility.
The Department of Environmental Managementis leading the investigation of the crash. The local police and fire departments are assisting.
The Newport Police Department did not respond to requests for comment late Sunday.