The Rhode Department of Environmental Management has identified Vickie A. Medeiros, 61, of Cumberland, as the drowning victim in a kayaking accident on Nov. 27 in Narragansett.
Regina Treweek, 56, also of Cumberland, who joined Medeiros on the outing, was treated for hypothermia at South County Hospital and released. Rough surf at the mouth of the Narrow River played a major role in the victim's kayak flipping over, according to officials.
At around 8:15 a.m. last Friday, the women launched their kayaks from the Sprague Bridge area of the Narrow River and paddled downriver. Once they got past the sand spit and into the surf zone, they tried turning around and paddling back upriver. Treweek, who was ahead, turned around and saw that her friend's kayak had overturned.
The RIDEM’s Division of Law Enforcement is still investigating the incident. The Narragansett Fire Department assisted in the response, search, and rescue.
The fire department transported both Medeiros and Treweek to South County Hospital where Medeiros was pronounced dead.
State officials are offering their sympathies to the family and friends of Medeiros. The RIDEM is urges the public to use extreme caution when boating, kayaking, and canoeing as the weather gets colder.