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Rescuers help handful of kayakers from Merrimack River

May 17. 2017 11:43PM
First responders help a kayaker caught in buoy lines in the Merrimack River on Wednesday night. (JEFF HASTINGS)

HOOKSETT — First responders from Hooksett and Manchester acted quickly to rescue a group of five young kayakers who got hung up on buoy lines along the Merrimack River Wednesday night.

The first reports of distress came after 7:30 p.m.

Hooksett fire officials confirmed that within a half-hour, they had determined that four of five kayakers had safely gotten to shore. The fifth was still in the water, clinging to the barrier.

Fire officials said two ambulances responded to the scene, but there were no reports of anyone needing a hospital transport.

After 9:30 p.m., Manchester fire officials declared the scene was under control, though some first responders remained because several of the abandoned kayaks were still in the water.

All of the kayakers were wearing life vests, officials said.

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