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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2018
For more information contact:
Sergeant Seth Alie
(603) 227-2117

Capsized Canoe, Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith

On Sunday, August 5, 2018 at approximately 6:30 AM, Jeffers Guthrie, age 21, of New York, NY was paddling an Old Town Canoe between Five Mile Island and Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee in the town of Meredith where the water is approximately 90 feet deep. A gust of wind blew, causing the canoe to capsize. Mr. Guthrie was not wearing a life jacket and was unable to right the vessel. He was in the water for approximately five minutes before a Good Samaritan saw him and pulled him from the water.

Responding agencies included the Meredith and Gilford Fire Departments. Ultimately, they returned his canoe to shore. Mr. Guthrie was not injured.

New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol wants to remind boaters to make sure that their vessels are equipped with life jackets. These devices must be in serviceable condition, proper size for the intended wearer, U.S. Coast Guard approved, and readily accessible. Although it is highly recommended for all boaters to wear life jackets while on the water, New Hampshire law requires children under 13 years of age to wear one anytime that the boat is underway (i.e. not tied to a dock or anchored).

If anyone witnessed this incident, they are requested to contact New Hampshire State Police – Marine Patrol Sergeant Seth Alie at 603-227-2117 or via email at

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