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Conservation Officer Kevin Bronson
Region One Office, Lancaster, NH
September 25, 2013

Fisherman Dies in Connecticut River, Colebrook, NH

LANCASTER, NH -- On September 25, 2013 at around 10:00 AM, John Cornish, age 71, of Salem, Massachusetts, was involved in a tragic accident while launching his boat on the Connecticut River in Colebrook.

Cornish was launching his boat with a friend at the Arlin Brook Access in Colebrook for a day of fishing on the Connecticut River when the boat began to drift downriver. Cornish was wearing hip-waders in anticipation of needing to retrieve the boat.  When he began wading in the river, he lost his footing, fell, and began to swim after the boat.  Soon after this, Cornish lost consciousness and was pulled from the river by a friend.

Emergency response crews arrived at the scene and attempted lifesaving measures. Responding agencies included Colebrook Fire and Rescue, 45th Parallel EMS, Colebrook Police Department, New Hampshire State Police, and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers. 

Cornish was transported to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, N.H., via ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. 

No further information is available at this time.

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