Three in yacht industry die in accident

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Three women found dead in a submerged car at a Rhode Island shipyard were friends who worked on some of the world’s finest yachts, according to a business owner in the industry.

The car was found Friday sticking out of about four feet of water in Newport Harbor at the privately owned Newport Shipyard, according to the Providence Journal. Police believe the driver missed a turn in foggy conditions and that the car had been in the water for at least several hours before it was discovered.

Peter Wilson, co-founder and co-owner of Newport-based Marine Construction Management, which represents yacht owners, said the three women became close friends while working in the yachting industry.

‘‘The global yachting community is small and news such as this travels fast,’’ Wilson wrote in an email Saturday night to the newspaper. ‘‘As a result, emails and messages of condolence have been flooding in from every corner of the world. All three women were highly respected in their fields and enormously well-liked. We will miss them all terribly.’’

Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play and the investigation is continuing.

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