2 rescued from strong waves in Charlestown

By Jennifer Petracca

news@abc6.com

An off-duty member of the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Service, along with the help of lifeguards, rescued two beachgoers at Blue Shutters Town Beach.

A 62-year-old grandmother was knocked down by a 6 foot wave and was unable to get back up due to continuous waves hitting her.

The woman’s grandson, in his late teens/early twenties, entered the water and also got caught up in the waves.

Deputy Chief Jordan Dolock, was skim boarding just west of Blue Shutters Beach when he saw the pair in distress and initiated a water rescue.

Blue Shutters Town Beach Lifeguards assisted the rescue, which took place on private areas that are not part of the Town Beach.

The grandmother and grandson were brought to shore, suffering from symptoms associated with “near-drowning” after ingesting a significant amount of salt water.

Both were taken to The Westerly Hospital where they were treated. Their current conditions are unknown at this time.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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