NH FISH AND GAME I.D.s SWIFT DROWNING VICTIM

by Christian Mower on October 4, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS HAVE IDENTIFIED THE 31-YEAR-OLD NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN WHO DROWNED IN THE SWIFT RIVER THIS WEEKEND.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. JIM GOSS SAYS THE BODY OF HARDIK SHAH OF MERRIMACK WAS LOCATED AND RECOVERED SHORTLY BEFORE 1 P.M. MONDAY.

GOSS SAYS SHAH, HIS WIFE AND FRIENDS HAD BEEN VISITING THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST AND STOPPED NEAR THE LOWER FALLS OF THE SWIFT RIVER ON THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY IN ALBANY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

IT WAS RAINING WITH SLIPPERY ROCKS AND HIGH WHITEWATER CONDITIONS AND SHAH SLIPPED INTO THE RIVER ABOUT 2 P.M. – WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING HIM PASS UNDER A COVERED BRIDGE DOWNSTREAM.

CONSERVATION OFFICERS, U.S. FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL, MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE, CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE AND THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SEARCHED THE RIVER BANKS UNTIL SUNDAY EVENING BUT SUSPENDED THE SEARCH WHEN IT GOT DARK.

SHAH’S BODY WAS RECOVERED AFTER SEARCH EFFORTS RESUMED MONDAY.

GOSS SAYS “OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE VICTIM’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS” AND THE TRAGIC INCIDENT UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR CAUTION AND ATTENTION TO THE CONDITIONS OF THE MOUNTAIN RIVERS, WITH RAPIDLY CHANGING WATER LEVELS WHEN IT’S RAINING, CAUSING A TREACHEROUS COMBINATION OF WET ROCKS AND FAST MOVING WATER.