Body of 10-year-old girl recovered from Conimicut Point Beach, man died trying to save her
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Warwick officials confirm they have located the body of the 10-year-old girl who drowned at Conimicut Point Beach on Father’s Day.
Police have identified the victims as 10-year-old Yoskarly Martinez and 35-year-old Cardona Sanchez, they were unrelated.
This following a nearly 24-hour search involving several agencies, including the Rhode Island Coast Guard, DEM, Warwick Fire Department and several other area fire and police departments. Even residents from nearby areas stepped in to assist.
“We usually fish out here on the weekends, but when I heard about what happened late yesterday, I had some time to come out this morning. I figured when I was fishing I’d give it a look and see if I could help out,” Newport resident Todd Treonze said “I’ve got a daughter. That was the first thing I thought of especially after it being Father’s Day yesterday just what it means for the people who are looking for her. It’s really important to find her.”
Officials say the Martinez was on the sand bar when people noticed she was getting swept away. Three bystanders went in to help. Two of those people were taken to Rhode Island Hospital. There is no word on their condition yet. Sanchez, died trying to save her.
Warwick Fire Chief Peter McMichael says heavy fog and choppy waters made the search more difficult Monday morning.
“Visibility is low, getting worse the longer we’re out here,” McMichael said. “It’s a very strong current out here right now and our divers are having a tough time.”
Those currents are no stranger to the area. Signs sitting in front of the sand bar warn residents of strong currents and undertows, but people who live nearby say the sings aren’t working.
“Every year,” Sandra Coutcher of Warwick said. “Last year, the year before, every year they’re here looking for bodies. You’ve got signs out here, but no one reads the signs they just say ‘oh, sand bar’ and don’t read the signs.”
Coutcher says she’s witnessed several people drown in that same spot. She doesn’t know what the solution is, but hopes the city can find one.
City officials say finding a solution is their main priority.
“Mayor Picozzi was here yesterday and he’s making it one of his priorities to review the signage that’s here, put new signage up, and review the language that it needs to be,” Chief McMichael said. “Just get some education out there so people understand the hazards of coming out on that sandbar.”
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