Narragansett, R.I., emergency response vessel dedicated to Berkshire teen who drowned in 2015

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This story has been corrected to reflect the year of Maia Stanton's death.

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — An emergency response vessel in Narragansett has been dedicated to a Berkshire teen who drowned there in a snorkeling accident nearly four years ago.

Maia Stanton, 14, died in July 2015 when she was snorkeling with her father off the coast. She was reported missing and was found unconscious more than two hours later, about 50 yards off shore.

Maia lived part-time in both New Marlborough and Great Barrington.

On Thursday, members of her family, public officials and others gathered at the Port of Galilee to dedicate the 31-foot fire-rescue vessel, according to a statement from the Narragansett Fire Department.

"The 'Maia Stanton' will be a remembrance to all of why we do this work — for the preservation of life and property," the statement from the fire department said.

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The department referred to the process to acquire the vessel as a three-year, $384,000 project. The vessel was funded completely through a 2015 Department of Homeland Security, Port Security grant, according to the statement.

When reached by phone Friday, Maia's father, Jeremy Stanton, said he was invited to the event by the fire chief, but couldn't bring himself to attend.

Stanton's mother, brother and cousin were at the dedication, he said.

Her mother couldn't be reached by phone Friday.

"It was too close for me to go," Stanton said. "It was too much for me."

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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