DEM officers respond to helicopter crash in South Kingstown pond

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Two weeks after a plane crash rescue in Narragansett Bay, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Law Enforcement was called to another aerial incident, this time involving a helicopter crash in Worden Pond.

The crash, which occurred near Quonset Point, prompted a swift response from Environmental Police Officers Kody Gordon, Jake Maione, Bob Murtha, as well as Captain Chris Duguid, Deputy Chief Mike Schipritt, and Chief Dean Hoxsie.

Together, they executed a successful recovery operation for the downed aircraft.

A larger helicopter provided by Colonial Air, a recovery and salvage company, hoisted the smaller, damaged helicopter from the pond and transported it to the nearby boat ramp.

From there, it was loaded onto a flatbed truck and removed from the scene.

The Department of Environmental Management praised the efforts of its DLE team, highlighting the group’s dedication and capability in handling numerous incidents annually.

The DLE is not only responsible for responding to aviation accidents but also manages a variety of emergency situations across state parks, beaches, woodlands, and waterways.

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