Rescuers respond to report of possible drowning on Merrimack River Saturday

  • Rescue crews from Concord launched a boat in the Merrimack River Saturday evening to assist with reports of children in distress in the water near Pebble Beach in Canterbury. Jay Health— Courtesy

  • GEOFF FORESTER

  • Rescue crews from Concord launched a boat in the Merrimack River Saturday evening to assist with reports of children in distress in the water near Pebble Beach in Canterbury. Jay Health—Courtesy

  • The beachgoers on the Merrimack River off of Oxbow Pond Road in Canterbury practiced social distancing as they enjoy the water on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER

By Monitor staff
Published: 7/5/2020 2:35:55 PM

Rescue crews from the Concord area responded to a report of children in distress in the Merrimack River Saturday evening in Canterbury.

The rescue call came on a hot holiday weekend that attracted hundreds of people to the river looking to cool off as most municipal pools remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Emergency calls around 6 p.m. reported two children in the water near Pebble Beach on the Canterbury side of the river who needed help. The two children were helped to shore with assistance of a private boat, while one adult was transported by from Canterbury to Concord Hospital by the Penacook Rescue Squad, fire officials said.

Canturbury Fire officials were not immediately available Sunday to comment.

The relationship between the two children and the adult, as well as the extent of any injuries, were not immediately known.

Both the Concord Fire Department and Boscawen fire department responded to the scene from the Boscawen side of the river.

Concord launched its boat from Jamie Welch Memorial Park off Depot Street.

Boscawen stood by at the boat launch in case additional assistance was needed, officials said.

The road was packed with close to 100 cars, said Boscawen Fire Chief Tim Kenney.”

“I’ve never seen that many people accessing the river,” Kenney said.

The crowds were a mix of boaters, kayakers and swimmers, Kenney said.

“It’s a really nice weekend,” Kenney said. “People are all cooped up and there’s no fireworks or anything to go to.”

When Boscawen cleared the scene around 8 p.m., 30 to 40 cars remained along the boat launch, possibly some people camping along the river, Kenney said.

The remoteness of the area and the current of the river makes swimming in the area dangerous, fire officials said.

In late May two adults from Concord drowned at Pebble Beach in Canterbury.


Please support the Monitor's coverage

Help us fund local COVID-19 reporting in our community.




Concord Monitor Office

1 Monitor Drive
Concord,NH 03301
603-224-5301

 

© 2019 Concord Monitor
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy