The occupants were Melissa Berkoff, 22; Kirby Dwyer, 24; Tyler Green, 24; Kurt Grusmark, 23; Jessie Ott, 22; and William Wall, 23, all of Barrington; and Joanna Ricci, 23, of East Providence.
DEM has custody of vessel and is conducting an accident reconstruction, spokeswoman Gail Mastrati said Monday.The North Kingstown Fire Department's marine unit led the rescue operation. Prudence Island is part of Portsmouth, but NKFD's was the first boat on the scene, so it took the lead.
According to the Department of Environmental Management, which is conducting the investigation, the boat, a 26-foot Pursuit ran aground just south of Sheep Pen Cove as it tried to navigate the gap between Prudence and Patience islands.
"It is an area where local knowledge is critical," said DEM's Kurt Blanchard Sunday. "It's a route used during the day, not necessarily at night."
7 Rescued After Boat Runs Aground Off Prudence Island
*The boat size was misreported in earlier articles.