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19-year-old Massachusetts man drowns in Pemigewasset River

Union Leader Correspondent

August 10. 2014 8:29PM

WOODSTOCK — New Hampshire State police identified the man who drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in the Pemigewasset River south of the Route 175 Bridge as Nicholas S. Sann, 19, of Dracut, Mass.

Authorities said Sann was swimming in the river with five companions. The man reportedly jumped into a section of the river with a swift current and was overcome by the force of the water.

Several of the victim’s companions, as well as other witnesses, attempted to rescue him, but were unsuccessful, according to New Hampshire Marine Patrol, which along with State Police and the Woodstock Police Department, responded to a report at 1:40 p.m. of a swimmer in distress below the bridge.

Members of the Woodstock Police Department located Sann in approximately 12 feet of water. Officers pulled the man from the river and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, but could not revive him.

The drowning remains under investigation by Marine Patrol and the Woodstock Police Department.

Sunday’s is the second drowning in the upper Pemi in recent years.

On July 25, 2008, New Hampshire Fish and Game officers recovered the body of Christopher Elizardo, 19, of Dallas, Texas, from the Pemi in Woodstock.

Fish and Game said that earlier that day, Elizardo had gone swimming with a friend in the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln when he was caught in the current and swept down the river. The East Branch joins the main Pemigewasset River about two miles north of where Sunday’s drowning occurred.

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