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Block Island Ferry service suspended for third day due to high surf, strong winds

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Block Island Ferry had to suspend its operations for the third consecutive day on Monday due to adverse weather conditions, specifically, high surf and strong winds caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia.

The suspension of ferry service has left numerous individuals stranded on Block Island, including Rick Swanson, who had traveled to the island to attend a family friend’s wedding.

Swanson, a resident of Warwick, informed 12 News that he is among several guests, as well as the entire wedding party, who are now without transportation back to Point Judith.

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The predicament extends beyond the wedding guests; there are several wedding vendors who also find themselves in a similar situation.

Photographer Colton Simmons humorously remarked, “I’ve been running into people from the wedding, and they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re stuck here too?’ Well, if I knew a way off the island, I would be telling everybody.”

wrap;”>The majority of those marooned on the island have had to incur additional lodging expenses, while some have opted for unconventional methods to return home.

“One member of the wedding party explained, “My buddy that came to the wedding needed to get home, so he paid a fisherman $1,800 to take him in. It wouldn’t have been my choice… it took him three-and-a-half hours to get to Point Judith, and he said he was throwing up every half hour.”

While there is hope that
ferry service will resume on Tuesday morning, Simmons conveyed that they are making the best of a challenging situation.

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In an evening service alert on Monday, the Block Island Ferry informed the public that they are closely monitoring the marine forecast. If service resumes on Tuesday, they will adjust their schedule to accommodate additional trips. Those holding ferry tickets for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will still be valid once service is reinstated

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