Home » News » Public Safety
Lobsterman remembered as 'gentleman and gentle man'
"He was a gentleman and a gentle man," said Jeffrey Collins of Exeter, Rahn's close friend. "He's well-loved and he'll be sorely missed."
But Friday morning, something apparently went terribly wrong while Rahn, an experienced diver, was in the river.
New Hampshire Marine Patrol got a 9-1-1 call around 10:45 a.m. Friday, reporting that a diver had not resurfaced in the area of the Sarah Long Bridge. Crews from the Marine Patrol, Fish and Game Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Portsmouth police and fire departments searched for the missing man throughout the day.
Collins, who is principal at Portsmouth High School, remembered how excited Rahn was last spring when Collins asked him what he thought about taking his lobster boat and two Portsmouth High students up to Lake Winnipesaukee for the first-ever New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association bass fishing tournament.
Collins said the tournament, held in May, was a perfect opportunity for Rahn to combine his love of kids, the water and his hometown.
"One of the kids turned to him halfway through and said, 'This is the best day I've ever had in my life.'
R. Patrick Corbin, executive director of the NHIAA, recalled how Rahn's lobster boat created quite a stir at the bass fishing tournament.
"Everybody got a big kick out of it," he said.
Collins said Rahn's wife, Martha Rahn, is a secretary at Portsmouth High; the couple raised a daughter and a son. He said the school community is very tight-knit and will do what it can to take care of Rahn's family now.
"All of our hearts and minds are with his wife and his family," he said. "I'm sure the community will pull together for the family and be there for each other."
Rahn told the Union Leader he also was on a boat that capsized in 1993 or 1994 while he was under the Sarah Long drawbridge. He said he felt lucky that both incidents hadn't ended much worse.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Manchester police to hold ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event - 0
- Keene ordinance against synthetic drugs seems to be working - 0
- Plea deal for woman who allegedly supplied drug hours before Hampton double fatal - 0
- Merrimack rollover sends Mass. driver to hospital - 0
- Suit claims Hudson violates rights of panhandlers - 1
- Driver hits Rochester monument, rolls car and is trapped - 0
- Nashua firefighters put out two fires; 14 people forced out in Palm Street blaze - 0
- Two injured in late night car crash in Londonderry - 0
- Hampton Falls woman charged with striking Rye police officer with her car - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Traffic signal stop leads to drug arrest in Merrimack - 0
- NH Fisher Cats slam way to win over Trenton - 0
- Officials hire principal for Golden Brook school - 0
- Seniors help students start year on the right foot, with the write stuff - 0
- Derry councilors select semi-finalists for town admin job - 0
- Plaistow begins search for new police chief - 0
- Without an exemption, Goffstown resident must pay high taxes on solar energy panels - 1
- Manchester police officer finds gun in cyclist’s backpack - 2
- President Obama: Rescue attempt of NH-based journalist James Foley failed - 13
Derry to NH: Take Exit 4A
Editorial: Garcia gains Lambert lies
Hassan, Havenstein both raise nearly $2m