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1 dead after sailboat, motorboat collide off Newport

August 12, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have identified the 60-year-old woman killed in a boating accident that happened during a regatta in Narragansett Bay.

Sandra Tartaglino, of Tiverton, was thrown into the water near the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge Sunday afternoon when the two-person sailboat she was on collided with a motorboat.

The state Department of Environmental Management says Tartaglino was pulled unconscious from the waters by the Newport Harbormaster and later pronounced dead. Her sailboat had been racing in the New England 100 Regatta at the time of the collision.

DEM says its law enforcement division is investigating the incident and plans to issue a preliminary report later in the week.

Investigators said earlier that alcohol had been ruled out as a factor in the crash.

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