Coast Guard says boater had no life vest
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—Coast Guard officials say a Rhode Island man treaded water without a life vest for almost 9 hours after falling off his boat Tuesday night.
Joseph Gross was pulled from the water by Coast Guard rescuers just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday about 3 miles south of Point Judith.
Petty Officer Justin Wood says Gross told them he had been fishing off Block Island and was working on the back deck of his 23-foot boat when a wave hit it, knocking him overboard.
The boat kept going, running aground on Green Hill Beach, where witnesses called 911.
The 51-year-old Gross was taken to South County Hospital, where he was being treated for hypothermia.