Calls along the Merrimack River keep fire crews hopping July 4th
"A big wave came over the kayak and I was floating from then on," said Forand, one of four Manchester kayakers maneuvering the Merrimack River from Manchester to Merrimack.
Manchester fire crews were busy with water-related calls.
They used chains to help secure a dock — with about a half-dozen boats attached — that was breaking away from shore at 17 Riverfront Drive.
While crews were there, they saw a wakeboarder having trouble in the Merrimack and were yelling that a dam was up ahead. The boat the wakeboarder was with had to get in front of the troubled wakeboarder, pulling him into the boat underneath the Amoskeag bridge near a safety cable strung across the river, south of the bridge, Michael said.
"It was a close call," he said, noting the wakeboarder could have been killed if not rescued in time.
Michael said the current in the Merrimack is about 33 percent "above normal in strength."
"I just flipped," he said. "We're all good swimmers."
Normand Forand's nephew, Chris Forand, said, "I was embarrassed" the fire department was called out.
"We have to get to our cars," Albright said.