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For Immediate Release
August 12, 2020
For more information contact:
Marine Patrol
603-293-2037
marinepatrol@dos.nh.gov

Boating Fatality, Gilford Town Docks - Updated

At approximately 2:15 pm, Marine Patrol personnel assigned to their headquarters in Gilford were alerted to a nearby water emergency by screams for help. Marine Patrol personnel quickly responded to the Gilford Town Docks where two adult males who had fallen into the lake between the town dock and their drifting boat. Both were clinging to the dock and struggling to remain on the surface.

Marine Patrol uniformed and civilian personnel along with several good Samaritans removed both individuals from the water. Moments later, both persons became unresponsive and CPR was performed until EMS from the Gilford Fire Department arrived.

Both men were treated at the scene and transported to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. One of them died at the hospital, while the second was transferred to Concord Hospital for further treatment.

Marine Patrol was assisted at the scene by Gilford Fire and Police Departments, along with several members of the public.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone who may have further information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Marine Patrol at 603-293-2037, or by email at marinepatrol@dos.nh.gov.

Updated

Deceased was identified as:

JAMES P. MURPHY JR.
AGE 66
LACONIA NH

Injured party was identified as:

RONALD C. BICKFORD
AGE 71
LACONIA NH

While Mr. Bickford was boarding a boat from the dock, he lost his balance landing in the water. Mr. Murphy went into the water to assist Mr. Bickford. Witness described both individuals as having difficulty staying on the water's surface. Both men went beneath the surface multiple times before good Samaritans were able to grab their arms and hold them until more help arrived.

A nearby Marine Patrol boat then assisted both men out of the water where first aid and CPR was administered.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone who may have further information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Marine Patrol at 603-293-2037, or by email at marinepatrol@dos.nh.gov.

   
 
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