Crews undergo water rescue training in Narragansett

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) — Preparing for an emergency at sea, that’s what the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and more than a dozen emergency crews across the state took part in Thursday morning — holding a marine response exercise where crews responded to a ferry vessel on fire with more than 50 people on board.

Emergency training sessions like this are critical, emergency responders said, noting a water emergency is not like land emergencies. In a busy boating season, Teixeira added that the U.S. Coast Guard will respond to more than 150 water rescues across Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts.

“Emphasizing our communications on the water and being able to talk to each other efficiently and so any rescue can be a little bit chaotic but the goal today was to make sure it’s not chaotic when that happens,” said Lt. Cmdr. Stacy Teixeira, of the Southeast New England Coast Guard.

“We need to have enough knowns, that’s what today’s all about. Getting enough known procedures down because we are always going to be dealing with an unknown,” said Lt. Patrick Walsh, from the Narraganset Fire Department.

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