CONCORD, NH — A man and woman from Merrimack drowned Saturday in Everett Lake in Weare, despite a quick response by multiple state and local rescue crews from agencies in Weare, Nashua, Goffstown, Concord, and Merrimack, responding to a call for swimmers in distress.
At approximately 5:10 p.m., on July 30 NH Marine Patrol was notified that two people were struggling in the water on Everett Lake. Initial reports indicated that two adults, one male and one female, both 59, had been paddle-boarding on separate boards and were struggling in the water.
Weare Police Department and Weare Fire Rescue were first on scene. A Weare police officer and a Weare firefighter went in the water and, after searching, were able to locate the female victim and pull her to shore. She was transported to Concord Hospital where she later passed away.
Emergency personnel searched the area and the male victim was ultimately recovered by Nashua Fire Rescue divers in approximately 12-feet of water. Neither paddle boarder had a personal flotation device with them.
The identity of the victims was not released pending notification of next of kin. The incident is currently under investigation by the NH State Police – Division of Marine Patrol.
Weare Police Department, NH State Police Marine Patrol, NH Fish & Game Department, Merrimack Police Department, NH Medical Examiner’s Office, Army Corps of Engineers, Weare Fire Rescue, Goffstown Fire Rescue, Concord Fire Department and Nashua Fire Rescue.
Marine Patrol urges all who use the NH waters for boating and recreating to have a personal flotation device and/or life vest readily accessible.