Body of kayaker recovered from Piscataquog River

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The search for the body of a kayaker who fell overboard Thursday night was recovered Friday morning from the Piscataquog River. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH – At approximately 9:07 a.m. on Friday divers from the NH Fish and Game Department Dive Team located the body of a female kayaker, 32, who had been missing since 8:50 p.m. on July 12 after falling into the Piscataquog River. The woman, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family members, was found Friday morning in 14 feet of water.

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The woman was one of four kayakers on the river, according to Sgt. Dave Ouellette of the NH Marine Patrol. He said it appears that the lack of a “personal flotation device” and alcohol consumption may be contributing factors.

Divers were faced with visibility of less than one foot but were aided in the recovery by an eyewitness who narrowed the search area considerably.

Conservation Officers were assisted Friday by NH Marine Patrol Division of State Police, and the Manchester Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation by NH Marine Patrol Division of State Police.