- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) - Two Brown University students were rescued after unsuccessfully trying to swim across Narragansett Bay from Barrington to Warwick.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1dX6mLW ) reports that 18-year-old Ashley Whaley and 20-year-old Katherine Murphy told police they were walking on a beach on the east side of the bay Sunday when they decided to swim to Conimicut Point lighthouse.

Partway there, they realized the lighthouse was further away than they thought. Murphy turned back, while Whaley kept going.

Murphy began calling for help when the current began sweeping her into the Providence River. People on shore heard and she was rescued by a kayaker amid dense fog.

A few hours later, searchers found Whaley.

Earlier, fire officials had said the women had been using kayaks, but the newspaper reported the women were swimming.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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