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August 10, 2006


Lobster Fisherman Drowns Near North Hampton, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- A lobster fisherman drowned about 2.5 miles offshore of Little Boar's Head, North Hampton, N.H., on Wednesday, August 9, 2006, at approximately 3:00 p.m. He was identified as James Tippett, age 30, of Portsmouth. Relatives have been notified.

The lobsterman had been working as an assistant and was setting lobster traps when he became entangled in the lines and was pulled overboard. A second fisherman on board attempted to get him back in the boat and called for help on his VHF radio.

Two New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers who were patrolling by boat nearby heard the distress call and responded. When the officers arrived on the scene, they, along with the other fisherman, pulled the victim into the boat and attempted to resuscitate him.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and boat also responded to the scene. The man was airlifted to the Portsmouth Coast Guard Station, where ambulance personnel from Newcastle Fire and Rescue took him to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

The accident is being investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard and N.H. Marine Patrol.

No further information is available at this time.

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