NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Five people were knocked off a jetty in Rhode Island by high surf caused by Hurricane Jose.

Capt. Nelson Upright of the Narragansett Fire Department tells WPRI-TV their injuries Sunday ranged from minor to “pretty major.” He says rescuers had to fight through rough surf to load the injured onto stretchers and get them to shore. All five were taken to South County Hospital.

A witness who called 911 told the station the people were standing in two groups on different parts of the jetty as the storm-whipped waves crashed over the rocks. He says one person appeared to be unconscious and another had a significant leg injury.

Emergency officials in Narragansett and elsewhere in the region are warning people to watch waves caused by Jose at a safe distance.

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