Victims of Despair Island Boat Crash IDd

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management has identified the two victims of Sunday's early-morning fatal boating collision on Despair Island.

Two 23 year-old women from Massachusetts died in the collision.  They have been identified as Alesia Ann Desa, DOB 8/5/86, of Dighton, MA; and Kaylee A. Therrien, DOB 3/10/87, of Assonet, MA.

In addition, three individuals were injured in the collision and were sent to local hospitals for treatment.  If any of these individuals is arrested in connection with this incident, his or her name will be released.  

A preliminary investigation indicates that the boat left Greenwich Bay at 1 a.m. Sunday, May 16. After hearing a distress call reporting a marine casualty at an unknown location at 1:51 a.m., DEM environmental police officers, along with the Coast Guard and other local police and fire departments, started a search of Narragansett Bay extending to the waters of the East Bay.  At 2:43 a.m., officers from the Warwick Fire Department located an overturned 22' vessel with five people on Despair Island, a small rocky island located between Hope and Prudence Islands.  

The 22' vessel is owned by Richard Cromwell of Freedom Boat Club in Portsmouth, RI.  The vessel has been impounded for evidence by DEM's Division of Law Enforcement.   

The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing by DEM's Division of Law Enforcement.  DEM has also contacted the Attorney's General's office on the matter.