Coast Guard: 60-year-old woman dead after boat collision in bay off Newport, RI

NEWPORT, R.I. (WHDH) - A woman died after two boats collided during a regatta in the water off Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday, according to Coast Guard officials.

Newport Harbormaster employees responding to reports of a person in the water on the Jamestown side of the Pell Bridge around 2:45 p.m. found an unconscious 60-year-old woman, officials said.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was later pronounced dead.

She entered the water after a collision between a two-person catamaran participating in the New England 100 Regatta and a powerboat that was not participating, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). The woman was on the catamaran.

Alcohol was not a factor in the collision, DEM officials said. The collision is still under investigation. 

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