NARRAGANSETT—Narragansett Police and Fire Departments responded to a call of two men who slipped off of the rocks at Hazard Avenue on Saturday. NPD was first on the scene and observed the two men floating in the water 75 feet from the shore.
Patrolman Paul Boisclair was first to locate Mark A. Schubert, 30, of Medway Massachusetts and Fred O. Adams III, 30, of Hopkinton Massachusetts. When Shubert slipped into the water, Adams attempted to use his fishing pole to pull Shubert back out of the water, but then slipped in himself.
“[Sergeant Anthony Pelopida] was able to throw a life ring, and both men were able to tread water until our 14-foot rescue boat arrived from Pier 5,” said NFD Captain Peter Taylor.
Both Shubert and Adams were floating close to the rocks in three to four foot waves, and NPD officers on the scene advised them to swim away from the rocks while waiting for the rescue boat. When the NFD rescue boat arrived, both Shubert and Adams were transported to Pier 5, also known as Monahan’s Dock.
“Conditions weren’t conducive to launching the rescue boat,” said Taylor. “We take all factors into consideration when we launch, but I made the decision to go out. The boat took on quite a bit of water and we had a hard time getting it back in, but [the rescue] was a success.”
Shubert and Adams were treated by a Narragansett Rescue unit at Monahan’s Dock, and Shubert was released from the scene after refusing treatment. The NFD Rescue gave advanced life support measures to Adams and he was transported to South County Hospital for treatment. He was subsequently held overnight for observations due to water in his lungs.
Adams was listed in stable condition at South County Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.