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Coast Guard continues overnight search for possible person off Rhode Island coast; Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod joins search at first light

US Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead (U.S. Coast Guard/Released)
December 29, 2020

United States Coast Guard crews continued their overnight search Tuesday morning for a possible person off the coast of Rhode Island, according to authorities.

The military branch received a distress signal around 3:50 p.m. Monday. The garbled message was pieced together at the U.S. Coast Guard’s First District command center, Petty Officer Third Class Ryan Noel said.

Rescue crews from the Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Air Station Cape Cod and the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force were then deployed to look for a possible person in the water in Newport Harbor in Rhode Island, according to officials.

“As soon as the call came in, we sent crews out, and we’re still searching,” Noel told MassLive around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard’s cutter ship “Steelhead” searched through the night and was joined by a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod at first light around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to Noel.

“All we can say is we’re actively searching for any signs of distress,” he said. “Those are the only two coast guard assets out there as of right now.”

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