Rhode Island

Body Found in Water Near RI Restaurant, Confirmed as Woman Who Fell Off Ferry

The initial search for the woman who fell off the ferry was suspended Tuesday, after Coast Guard crews spent 10 hours scanning 39 square nautical miles without finding her

A boat searching Narragansett Bay for a woman who fell off a ferry.
WJAR-TV

A woman's body was found near a restaurant in the waters of Narragansett Bay near Bristol, Rhode Island, Thursday, police said.

Police in Portsmouth said Friday that the body is that of a woman who fell from a ferry in the bay this week, She was 39-year-old Laura Ward from Prudence Island.

The body was found in the water behind the Lobster Pot restaurant and recovered by a fire department boat, Bristol police said.

The two towns are across the water from each other.

The search for the woman who fell off the ferry was suspended Tuesday, after Coast Guard crews spent 10 hours scanning 39 square nautical miles without finding her, officials have said.

The woman fell off the Prudence Island ferry about 6:30 p.m., Bristol's fire chief told NBC affiliate WJAR. It was unclear how the woman fell overboard and if she was wearing a lifejacket.

The ferry runs from Bristol to Prudence Island.

The water temperature at the Conimicut Light, inside the bay, was about 48 degrees Monday night, according to a NOAA reading.

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