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Missing father and son found alive in Great Swamp

August 5, 2013

Christine Pierce, Amy McDowell and Charles Pierce, were relieved Monday when they learned Darin and Logan Pierce were found alive.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - After more than 17 hours of searching, rescue crews located a 47-year-old man and his 12-year-old son Monday.

Darin Pierce and his son, Logan, disappeared Sunday after launching their 12-foot Zodiac inflatable raft from Taylor's Landing into the Chipuxet River around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The duo then planned to boat to Worden Pond, a three mile trip, where they were to meet Christine Pierce, Darin's wife and Logan's mother, at 4 p.m.

When Darin and Logan didn't arrive on time, Christine called South Kingstown Police at 6 p.m.

Search and rescue efforts soon commenced and at about 9 p.m., their empty boat was found about a quarter mile from where they had launched it, with both motors intact.

Air, water and ground efforts continued until both parties were located at 11:12 a.m. Monday in chest deep water in the Great Swamp, about a half-mile from where the boat was found.

Rhode Island State Police said Darin and Logan were dehydrated and suffered cuts and bruises, but were in good shape otherwise.

Plans for a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue were in the works around noon.

Once evacuated, police said they would be taken to an area hospital.

South Kingstown Police, South Kingstown Union Fire District, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Environmental Police, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and canine units all contributed to the efforts. Approximately 75 searchers worked to locate the missing father and son.

See the full story in Wednesday's Narragansett Times.

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