MASS. WOMAN DIES AFTER RIVER FALL

by Gair on July 3, 2013

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER WHO HELPED IN TUESDAY’S RESCUE AND RECOVERY EFFORT ON THE SWIFT RIVER SAYS THE TRAGEDY IS A REMINDER HOW EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL WHEN OUT ON LAKES, RIVERS AND STREAMS.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS REMINDS BOATERS TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET WHILE OUT ON THE WATER, PARENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR CHILDREN, AND TO REMEMBER THAT RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE RUNNING HIGH, FAST AND COLD AFTER RECENT HEAVY RAINS.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS ONE PERSON DIED AND ANOTHER WAS RESCUED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER BOTH PEOPLE WERE SWEPT OVER THE LOWER FALLS OF THE SWIFT RIVER NEAR THE KANCAMAGUS HIGWAY.

SOLOMON SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED TO THE AREA AT 3:15 P.M. AND LEARNED ONE PERSON WAS HANGING ON TO A ROCK IN MID-RIVER – AND THE SECOND PERSON HAD BEEN SWEPT AWAY AND COULDN’T BE SEEN.

MEMBERS OF SOLOMON’S SWIFTWATER FLOOD RESCUE TEAM SWAM TO THE VICTIM WHO WAS HANGING ONTO THE ROCK – PUT HER INTO A LIFE JACKET AND HELMET – AND PULLED HER BACK TO SHORE WITH A ROPE.

MEMBERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE AND NORTH CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS HELPED SEARCH THE RIVER BANKS FOR THE SECOND VICTIM, ALSO A WOMAN, WHILE TWO KAYAKERS FROM THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAM SEARCHED FOR HER ON THE RIVER.

ABRAMS SAYS A FOREST SERVICE WORKER SPOTTED THE BODY OF THE SECOND VICTIM AROUND 4:30 P.M. MORE THAN A MILE DOWNSTREAM FROM WHERE SHE FELL.

THE DECEASED WOMAN WAS RECOVERED AND IDENTIFIED AS 56-YEAR-OLD SIPHAL HAK OF LOWELL, MASS. – THE RESCUED SURVIVOR IS 60-YEAR-OLD SANAMARAN KEO OF DRACUT, MASS.

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