Report of a parasailor has lost control and is struggling in the ocean about several hundred yards off shore from South Beach.
Reporting party said she could see the parasailor drifting south. But now she’s lost sight of him.
Coast Guard Newport is racing out the jaws in a 46-footer running full on. Should be in the area within a few minutes.
Surf looks bumpy but not overly large. The Coast Guard Motorlifeboat has a 20 mph headwind.
A sail just popped up off the point.
Newport Fire-Rescue says they see the distressed parasailor straight out, due west from them. The Coast Guard needs to come back south. They’ve overshot him.
Newport Fire-Rescue has has established radio communications with the Coast Guard Motorlifeboat. Coast Guard is being directed back south and toward the capsized parasailor. Winds are blowing at about 25 to 30 with gusts a little over that.
Small boat has intercepted the distressed parasailor. They’ve rescued him and they’re bringing him back to shore – South Beach State Park. Coast Guard headed home.