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BREAKING: Body of missing man recovered from Merrimack

Update: At about 5:45 p.m. a dive team recovered the body of a man who went missing in the Merrimack River this afternoon, according to Concord Fire Department Chief Dan Andrus. The man's name has not yet been released, pending notification of his family members.

Original story: Rescue crews at the Second Street boat ramp are searching for a man who witnesses say dipped underneath the swollen waters of the Merrimack River at about 2 p.m. and never resurfaced.

Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus said the man may have floated downstream. But the man’s belongings are along the shore, and Andrus said he would have expected him to come back and retrieve his things if he had ended up on the banks nearby.

Witnesses say the man was fishing by the water when he dove in to retrieve a bag of ice that had dropped from a floating cooler being dragged by two teens rafting on the river. The man walked out until he was about neck deep, then seemed to hit a deep spot and went under, witnesses said.

A man who asked to not be named said he ran and got his life vest, then searched for about 15 minutes before the fire department forced him onto the shore.

“He was talking to me and hit a deep hole and went under,” the man said. “And I just saw his hand.”

The Marine Patrol have arrived with a boat to help in the search.

WMUR just reported that the man had been found near the area of Sewalls Falls in Concord.

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