Gov. McKee calls fight on Block Island ferry ‘unacceptable’

This is a screenshot of a video sent to ABC 6 News after a fight broke out on a ferry, Monday, Aug. 9, 2022.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — One day after a fight broke out on the Block Island Ferry, that sent two person to the hospital, Gov. Dan McKee called the incident unacceptable.

“Certainly that was not what we want to see anywhere in the state of Rhode Island,” said McKee. “[The] behavior that I’m hearing on the ferry last night was not acceptable, and we are certainly going to respond in a strong way to protect the safety of the people of in the state of Rhode Island and enjoy our great state.”

The governor added that he wants Rhode Island to be a destination state and wants to make sure that “people really enjoy the time they’re here.”

Monday night, multiple law enforcement agencies, including Rhode Island State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard, responded to reports of a disturbance on a ferry that was its way to Galilee from Block Island.

Narragansett Fire Capt. Kevin Tuthill told ABC 6 News that at least four people were injured, including two people who was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries to the face.

In total, state police said seven people were arrested and two people were injured.

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