NORTHWOOD — The body of a 28-year-old Manchester man who was boating on Northwood Lake was pulled from the water Sunday morning, more than 12 hours after he went overboard.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department identified the victim as Brendan W. Yerry, who was not wearing a life jacket when he went into the water around 7:40 p.m. Saturday.
Eric Cable, the boat’s driver, was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated.
“We’re in the midst of summer and we just can’t stress enough the importance of water safety,” Fish and Game Lt. James Juneau said Sunday night.
Divers from Fish and Game located Yerry’s body in 15 feet of water about 550 feet from the nearest shoreline.
Juneau said the 18-foot motor boat was moving when Yerry went overboard, but he did not know how fast the vessel was going.
Juneau said the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol is handling the investigation and will try to determine what led to Yerry going overboard.
The Marine Patrol will also determine whether Cable, 32, of Hooksett will face charges in addition to operating a boat while intoxicated.
A photo on Cable’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon showed a group of men on a boat. The image was posted Saturday morning and a comment indicated the group was headed to Northwood Lake. The image was removed from the page Sunday night.
Emergency responders searched the water into Saturday evening before calling it off around 10 p.m.; they returned Sunday morning.