Drowning victim identified, witness says she thought he was ‘fooling around’ when he went under

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NH Marine Patrol assisted with the search for the body of Heritier Bosa, who drowned Sunday in the Piscataquog River.
NH Marine Patrol assisted with the search for the body of Heritier Bosa, who drowned Sunday in the Piscataquog River.

MANCHESTER, NH – The victim of an accidental drowning incident Sunday has been identified by police as Heritier Bosa, 26, of Amherst St., Manchester.

According to police, Bosa was swimming in the Piscataquog River at a popular swimming area off Electric Street with his pregnant wife, Lacresha Bonds, 23, of Manchester and their 3-year-old daughter. At some point Bosa entered an area of the water with a steep drop off and went under, according to Felicia LeBrun, 20, of Manchester, who witnessed the incident.

LeBrun told police she had given the family a ride to the beach. She told the officers that Bosa was not a strong swimmer, but that she felt he was “doing fine” while swimming in the water. She noticed him struggling at 4:15 p.m., but thought he was “fooling around,” so she waited a few minutes before checking the water again. He did not resurface.

After several minutes she contacted emergency services because she felt something was amiss. Manchester Fire Department and New Hampshire Marine Patrol arrived on scene  and searched the water. Bosa’s body was located approximately an hour after rescuers arrived to the beach.

Bonds and her daughter were transported from the beach by ambulance to the hospital for observation before her husband’s body was recovered, due to the fact that she is eight months pregnant and was extremely distraught. Both she and their young daughter were released a short time later, police said.


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