Boaters who died in Coventry IDed as East Providence men - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Boaters who died in Coventry IDed as East Providence men

Posted: Updated:

By: The Associated Press

Email: news@abc6.com

Twitter: @ABC6

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) – The victims of a boating accident in Rhode Island have been identified as two men from East Providence.

The men had been reported missing on Johnson's Pond in Coventry at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Their bodies were recovered Thursday morning.

Coventry police Chief John MacDonald identified the men as 54-year-old Laurence Ryan and 47-year-old Steven Duarte.

MacDonald said they apparently drowned.

Police originally said a woman on a pontoon boat told them the men fell off the boat and did not resurface. But on Thursday, MacDonald said the men had apparently gone in the water to save the woman.

MacDonald says alcohol was involved.

The search involved multiple local and state agencies as well as private citizens.

© WLNE-TV / ABC6 2017

Powered by Frankly

10 Orms Street Providence, R.I. 02904
401-453-8000

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WLNE.
All Rights Reserved.

For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.