MARINE PATROL ENCOURAGES LIFE JACKETS

by Christian Mower on July 9, 2012

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE MARINE PATROL IS REMINDING EVERYONE TO HAVE PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT ON BOARD AFTER WHAT OFFICERS SAY WAS A NEAR DROWNING AFTER AN ACCIDENT SUNDAY EVENING IN MEREDITH.

OFFICER SCOTT BAILEY SAYS TWO YOUNG MEN FROM ALEXANDRIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE – 22-YEAR-OLD CALEB J. BARKER AND 21-YEAR-OLD PATRICK J. BORRY – WERE FISHING FROM A CANOE ON LAKE PEMIGEWASSETT AROUND 5:15 P.M. NEAR AN ISLAND WHEN WIND AND LAKE CHOP CAUSED THEM TO SWAMP.

BAILEY SAYS NEITHER MAN WAS WEARING A LIFE JACKET BUT ONE OF THEM WAS ABLE TO GRAB THE OTHER AND HELP HIM HANG ON TO THE OVERTURNED CANOE WHILE HE YELLED FOR HELP.

BAILEY SAYS “GOOD SAMARITANS” INITIALLY HELPED BOTH MEN BEFORE FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED. ONE OF THE MEN WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO THE LAUNCH POINT OFF ROUTE 104 BUT HE REFUSED FURTHER MEDICAL TREATMENT.

RESPONDERS INCLUDED FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM MEREDITH AND NEW HAMPTON, NEW HAMPTON POLICE, STEWARTS AMBULANCE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME.