Fisherman drowns in Jamestown

By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

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Along the rocky, steep shoreline at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, a morning fishing trip turned frantic for two friends.

Jamestown Police chief Edward Mello said, “Very heavy surf; from the rocks, fell into the water below and immediately drowned.”

A 58-year-old man from Massachusetts slipped on the rocks. His friend called police. The body was soon found on the shore.

“It’s not unusual that, that heavy surf causes this type of accident. It causes the rocks to be more slippery than they normally are,” said Mello.

This tragedy coming the same day the EMA put out a warning about dangerous rip tides due to Tropical Storm Bertha, moving up the coast.

At local beaches, lifeguards were on high alert for those in the water.

Abc 6 spoke with an area lifeguard who says rip currents can pull you under and if you’re near rocks, the waves can slam you against them.

The identity of the victim will not be released until family has been notified first.

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