CAMP TEEN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER INCIDENT IN OSSIPEE LAKE

by Christian Mower on August 22, 2012

AN OFFFICER WITH THE FREEDOM POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS TAKEN TO HUGGINS HOSPITAL IN WOLFEBORO AS A PRECAUTION WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER SHE STRUGGLED WHILE SWIMMING IN OSSIPEE LAKE.

PATROLMAN DOMENIC RICHARDI SAYS THE GIRL – WHO HE BELIEVES WAS AN OUT-OF-STATE CAMPER AT CAMP CALUMET IN FREEDOM – MAY HAVE HAD A PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION WHEN SHE GULPED DOWN SOME LAKE WATER WHILE IN A SHALLOW AREA NEAR THE SHORE.

FREEDOM FIRE AND RESCUE AND NORTH CONWAY AMBULANCE WERE CALLED TO THE CAMP AT 1090 OSSIPEE LAKE ROAD SHORTLY BEFORE 2:45 P.M. AFTER AN INITIAL REPORT OF A DROWNING.

RICHARDI SAYS THE GIRL DID NOT GO UNDER THE WATER AND SHE DID NOT STOP BREATHING. SHE WAS GIVEN FIRST AID NEAR THE CAMP LIFEGUARD STAND AFTER BEING PULLED OUT OF THE WATER.

HE SAYS THE VICTIM WAS CONSCIOUS AND ALERT WHILE BEING LOADED INTO THE AMBULANCE AND HE DESCRIBES HER INJURIES AS “NON-LIFE THREATENING.”