Accidental drowning: Search called off for kayaker, 32, who fell into river

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Rescue workers at the scene of an accidental drowning Thursday night. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

UPDATE, 11 a.m. July 13: A woman’s body was recovered from the Piscataqua River Friday morning shortly after 9 a.m. by divers. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.


MANCHESTER, NH — The search for a woman who fell out of a kayak was called off early Friday morning after a fruitless search by rescuers Thursday night.

The incident went from a search and rescue, to a recovery mission.

Just before 9 p.m. fire and rescue personnel reported to 140 Electric St. to begin the search for a woman, 32, who reportedly fell from a kayak and didn’t resurface. Other kayakers who were with her as well as nearby residents on shore witnessed the woman go under the surface of the Piscataquog River.

Crews from Manchester’s Rescue 1 along with Engine 6 focused their search on the immediate area where the woman went under. Nashua Fire Department’s dive team also responded and did a search below the surface, with an assist from Goffstown Fire.

After 45 minutes, the search was finally called off at about 12:12 a.m.

The scene has been turned over to NH Marine Patrol who will be in charge of the investigation and NH Fish and Game will be in charge of the recovery effort, which will resume at 8 a.m. Friday.

The name of the victim was not released by authorities.