2 fishermen rescued, 1 still missing after boat capsizes

By: Melissa Randall


The Coast Guard is searching the waters off Sakonnet Point in Little Compton for a missing fisherman. Two other men he was fishing with were rescued overnight after their boat capsized. 

Fire Chief Richard Petrin says emergency officials got a call around 11:30 Thursday night from concerned relatives saying the group never made it home. Once it was confirmed that the men were overdue, the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force was initiated and a search for the missing men began. 

The family of the missing fisherman identified him as Adam Perry Sr., 51, of Pawtucket. They told ABC 6 that he is the brother of one of the boaters, Joe Carvelho of Pawtucket, who was located earlier this morning.

The first man found, identified as Jose and a friend of the brothers, was rescued from the Sakonnet Lighthouse. He was clinging to the rocks when help arrived. A rescue swimmer from Middletown helped put the man in a Coast Guard helicopter basket and he was flown to safety. He was then transferred to St. Ann‘s Hospital.

Joe Carvelho was located about an hour later in the open water by a Coast Guard helicopter. He was hanging on to a lobster pot buoy. Carvehlo was taken to Rhode Island Hospital showing signs of hypothermia.

There is still an active search for Perry. By 7:30 Friday morning crews had covered 370 square nautical miles, but there is still no sign of him. 

“He is wearing a PFD, a personal flotation device, so we are optimistic and are still searching,” said Chief Petrin. 

Officials say the the boat may have begun experiencing trouble around 5:30 Thursday evening. 6 boats and a helicopter are being used for the search. 

“Our searches have been concentrating from the mouth of the Sakonnet River to the South. We’ve had great saturation between all the asset’s we have out there, and we are going to continue to search,” said John Roberts, Commanding Officer at Coast Guard station Castle Hill. 

The water temperature is 66 degrees. 

Perry’s two sons, Adam and John,  are hoping their father will still be brought home safely.

“Its tough right now as family this isn’t the circumstance we wanna go through, but we know our pops is somewhere and hopefully he is safe and we find a way to bring him back,” says Adam Perry.

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