All Sections
action:article | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE03 | adString:NEWHAMPSHIRE03 | zoneID:2
Welcome guest, you have 3 views left. | Register | Sign In

Marine Patrol warns of deadly currents as second drowning victim recovered from Merrimack River

Weeks of periodic heavy rain have made some rivers and streams a hazard for swimmers, N.H. Marine Patrol warns.

Water is running high, with powerful currents often hidden below a calm surface. At the same time, a heat wave is luring people to the water to cool off. It's a deadly combination.

Two drowning incidents have been reported in as many days along the Merrimack River. The body of Gary Lacroix, 59, was recovered Friday in Concord after he apparently slipped into the river's fast-moving waters while retrieving some debris. Early Sunday, the body of an unidentified young man was recovered from the Merrimack in Boscawen after he drowned while swimming late Saturday afternoon.

Also, late Saturday an unidentified Manchester teen was pulled unconscious from Country Pond in Newton. He was taken to Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass. His condition has not been released.

The Marine Patrol suggests people seek relief from the heat at lakes, ponds or parks with a designated swimming areas and an on-duty lifeguard.

The Marine Patrol is urging anyone paddling a kayak or canoe to wear a life jacket or other personal floatation device. Life jackets also should be worn when tubing.


To improve the chance of seeing your comment posted here or published in the New Hampshire Union Leader:

  • Identify yourself. Accounts using fake or incomplete names are suspended regardless of the quality of posts.
  • Say something new, stay on topic, keep it short.
  • Links to outside URLs are discouraged, if used they should be on topic.
  • Avoid comments in bad taste, write well, avoid using all capital letters
  • Don't cite facts about individuals or businesses without providing a means to verify the claim
  • If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report Abuse" button and be sure to tell us why.

Note: Comments are the opinion of the respective poster and not of the publisher.

Be the first to comment.

Post a comment

You must sign in before you can post comments. If you are experiencing issues with your account please e-mail

action:article | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE03 | adString:NEWHAMPSHIRE03 | zoneID:59

Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow our RSS feed
Union Leader app for Apple iPad or Android *
Click to download from Apple Apps StoreClick to download from Android Marketplace
* e-Edition subscription required