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July 07. 2013 12:32PM

Boscawen drowning victim identified as Penacook man

BOSCAWEN - New Hampshire Fish and Game divers recovered the body of a Penacook man from the Merrimack River Sunday morning, the second drowning victim in the river in as many days.

The body of Daron Graham, 20, was recovered after the downstream river level was lowered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow the Fish and Game Dive Team to safely conduct a search.

Graham had been swimming in an area near the Hannah Duston Monument with others about 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon when he got into trouble. His companions tried to save him, according to witnesses, but they were unable to reach him because of fast-moving river currents.

A search was suspended Saturday night and resumed Sunday morning.

The body of another Concord man, Gary Lacroix, 59, was recovered Saturday after he was swept away by the fast-moving waters as he tried to pick some debris out of the Merrimack while fishing from shore Friday.

Public safety officials have warned water currents in the state's rivers and streams are moving faster than usual for this time of year due to a series of heavy rain storms in recent weeks.


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