I should have just Googled it! One of those stories that makes you want to ask a thousand questions, but of course you weren't there.
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On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 around 11:15 a.m., Harbormaster Kate McConville received a call that there was a sailboat very close to shore on the west side of the island. When she got to the scene, McConville told The Block Island Times
, the vessel was among the rocks just south of the entrance to Dorry’s Cove. There was “one individual on board, alone, no injuries. We spoke via VHF radio
and I notified the United States Coast Guard,” she said.
The boat’s owner, Mr. Peter Prauss, 78, resides in Hamburg, Germany
in the winter
months and sails
along the coast of the tri-state area during “the season.” He was on his way to leave the boat in Warwick just before returning home for the winter
. McConville told The Times
that Prauss has owned the 46-foot Galaxie for 12 years.
quit working and he went below to try to repair
the issue. “Unfortunately, when he came back up, the keel
was hitting bottom. It was too far in and we lost
the tide to safely pull it off,” said McConville. “The Narragansett Fire Rescue
swim crew came over on a USCG vessel to assist getting the owner safely off the vessel. He had to jump off with a life jacket and they swam him in. I took him to the Rescue
Station where he could dry off and warm up.” (A short video of the rescue can be seen on the New Shoreham Harbors Department Facebook page.)
While waiting to get off the island on Wednesday, Prauss spent some time at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, and according to Chamber Director Chris Crawford, said the boat engine
overheated when the cooling
chamber dislodged from its weld just off shore and the currents and wind
pushed the boat into the rocks before he could repair
and reinstall it.
“People are asking me why no one helped him,” said McConville. “He was unable to verify his insurance
, and tow companies require that before they assume possession of a vessel in such distress
. Without proper insurance
, the price
is extremely expensive. I was not going to put the town marine
patrol at risk when there was no person in distress
“The Chamber of Commerce found him lodging in South Kingston Wednesday night so he could get a new charger
for his phone
and coordinate repairs
to the boat,” said Crawford.
“He has worked out its removal
with a salvage
company from the mainland,” said McConville. “It should be removed, hopefully Friday [November 18].” High winds and surf from the remnants of Hurricane
Nichole that caused the ferry
to be canceled on Saturday, delayed the salvage
operation, which will involve bringing in a barge outfitted with a crane.
The boat, with an aluminum hull
, appeared to suffer little additional damage from the stormy weather
, but did look as if it had a hole in it, McConville said on Monday upon revisiting Dorry’s Cove to take additional pictures for the salvage
“I am just glad there were no injuries,” she said.