Alcohol played role in RI overboard case

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A woman who fell off a 38-foot sailboat while she and her husband were out on the water will be fined after their vessel hit the Newport Bridge.

  • Operating an unregistered boat
  • Improper or no lookout
  • Failing to take appropriate action to avoid collision

William was also charged with reckless operation of a motorboat.

 
The report notes that 50-year-old William said he drove his boat back to the East Greenwich Yacht Club, thinking his 55-year-old wife was aboard. But as it turns out, she apparently fell off and swam for about 20 minutes to shore.
 
Meanwhile, William was sleeping on the boat. He told an investigator that he and his wife started having cocktails Friday morning before falling asleep on the boat's dock.

William said he last remembered seeing his wife around 1 p.m. when he said she handed him a drink. He woke up a few hours later when the boat hit the Newport Bridge, later telling police he assumed his wife was sleeping, too.

Read the rest of this sorry saga at Turn to 10.

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