The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water in Great Salt Pond on Block Island, Rhode Island.

At about 1 a.m., Monday, watchstanders at the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a report of an unmanned dinghy making in circles in Great Salt Pond.

The Block Island Harbormaster and a local commercial assistance provider brought the dinghy under control, confirmed no one was aboard, and began searching.

Sector Southeastern New England launched a 45-foot Response Boat crew from Station Small Block Island and a MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod. A marine unit from New Shoreham Police also joined the search.

Meanwhile, operation specialists at Sector Southeastern New England identified and made contact with dinghy’s owner who stated he and his family were safe and accounted for. The owner said he last checked the dinghy Sunday afternoon, when it was moored at the pier next to The Oar restaurant on the south side of Great Salt Pond.

Anyone with information about who may have been operating the dingy is urged to contact Sector Southeastern New England at 508-457-3211.

This story will be updated when/if more information is received.

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