12 oclock high death
© David Raymond

25-year-old man dies in water off of Ocean Drive

The Department of Environmental Management Division of Law Enforcement is investigating a fatal incident that occurred today on the north end of the Brenton Point shoreline in Newport near the Castle Hill Inn.

A 25-year-old Providence man was jumping off the rocks with a group of others at a location known as 12 O’Clock High. According to witness reports, the man was climbing out of the water when he was knocked back into the water by a wave and could not get out. CPR was administered on scene by Newport Fire and the victim was pulled from the water by Newport Fire rescue swimmers. He was then transported to Newport Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The matter remains under investigation by RI Environmental Police and Newport Police.