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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2016
For more information contact:
Sgt. Dave Ouellette and Officer Joshua Flynn

Paddle Board Double Drowning on Everett Lake in Weare

On Saturday July 30, 2016 at approximately 5:10 pm, NH Marine Patrol was notified of subjects in the water on Everett Lake. Initial reports indicated that an adult male and female had been paddle boarding on separate boards and were in the water in distress. Weare Police Department and Weare Fire Rescue were first on scene. A Weare Police Officer and a Weare Firefighter went in the water and after searching were able to locate the female victim and pull her to shore. She was transported to Concord Hospital where she later passed away.

The emergency personnel searched the area and the male victim was ultimately recovered by Nashua Fire Rescue divers in approximately 12 feet of water. Neither paddle boarder had a personal flotation device with them.

The identity of the victims is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin. The female was 59 years of age from Merrimack, NH. The male victim was 59 and also resided in Merrimack, NH.

The incident is currently under investigation by the NH State Police – Division of Marine Patrol.

Assisting Agencies: Weare Police Department, NH State Police Marine Patrol, NH Fish & Game Department, Merrimack Police Department, NH Medical Examiner's Office, Army Corps of Engineers, Weare Fire Rescue, Goffstown Fire Rescue, Concord Fire Department and Nashua Fire Rescue.

Marine Patrol urges all who use the NH waters for boating related activities to have a personal flotation device readily accessible.

Updated 7/31/2016

Marine Patrol investigators learned that Mary Horgan, age 59 of Merrimack was paddle boarding with Austin Dean, also age 59 of Merrimack when she fell from the board and was face down in the water. Mr. Dean went to her rescue and while attempting to assist Horgan, he drowned.

Autopsy results determined Dean's cause of death to be drowning while Horgan's cause of death is pending studies. Foul play has been ruled out at this time.

   
 
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