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Fisherman from Bay State drowns in Connecticut River


COLEBROOK — A Massachusetts fisherman died Wednesday as he swam after his boat that had begun to drift down the Connecticut River as it was being launched.

According to state Fish and Game, John Cornish, 71, of Salem, Mass., was launching his boat with a friend about 10 a.m. at the Arlin Brook Access.

The boat began to drift down river and Cornish, in hip-waders, waded into the water to retrieve the boat. As he did, investigators said he lost his footing, fell and began to swim after the boat.

He soon lost consciousness and was pulled from the river by his friend.

Emergency response crews arrived and attempted lifesaving measures. Cornish was taken by ambulance to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Responding agencies included Colebrook Fire and Rescue, 45th Parallel EMS, Colebrook Police Department, New Hampshire State Police, and N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers.

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