NH: Body of Swift River Drowning Victim Recovered

CONCORD, N.H. — The body of a 31-year-old New Hampshire man was
recovered today (Monday, October 3), from the Swift River in
Conway, N.H. The drowning victim’s name will not be released until
late Tuesday, October 4, pending notification of immediate family

The man, his wife and a group of friends had been visiting the
White Mountain National Forest and had stopped near the Lower Falls
on the Swift River along the Kancamagus Highway in Albany on the
afternoon of Sunday, October 2, 2011. It was raining steadily,
making the rocks slippery, and the river water was high, with
whitewater conditions. About 2 p.m., the man slipped and fell into
the river and was washed downstream by the fast-moving water.
Witnesses saw him pass under a covered bridge downstream.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers and
U.S. Forest Service personnel, assisted by the Mountain Rescue
Service, Conway Fire and Rescue, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s
Department, searched the banks of the river into the evening on
Sunday, but had to suspend the search as darkness fell.

Search efforts resumed early this morning, and the victim’s body
was located and recovered today at 12:46 p.m.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and friends,” said Lt.
James Goss of Fish and Game. “This tragic incident underscores the
need for caution and attention to current conditions when
recreating near our mountain rivers. Water levels can change
rapidly during periods of rain, especially in the mountains with
many small streams coming down steep slopes into the river, and wet
rocks and fast-moving water are a treacherous combination.”

Updates will be posted at http://www.wildnh.com.


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