Lt. James Goss: (603) 271-3361
Capt. Martin Garabedian: (603) 271-3128
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
November 2, 2006

Winnipesaukee Search Suspended

CONCORD, N.H. -- Search operations were suspended today in the effort to recover the body of James Sylvestre, age 45, of Hooksett, N.H., who is presumed drowned after falling overboard from the M/S Mount Washington excursion ship on October 28, 2006, on Lake Winnipesaukee.

The recovery effort was brought to a close after an extensive search of approximately one mile along the route of the M/S Mount Washington, conducted by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department divers and Connecticut State Police troopers operating an underwater side-scan sonar unit, turned up no sign of the missing man. The search was concentrated between Welch and Rattlesnake islands, an area with water depths of 50 to 100 feet.

"We had to suspend the search because of the large size of the potential search area and the fact that nothing of significance had been found after several days," said Lt. James Goss of New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement, who coordinated the recovery effort. "We know how difficult these situations are for the families, and regret we could not bring the search to a successful conclusion."

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol were joined in the search and recovery effort by the Connecticut State Police, who volunteered their services, as well as personnel from several local New Hampshire fire departments, including those of Laconia, Gilford, Center Harbor and Alton. The New Hampshire State Police also assisted, using the State Police helicopter to search the lake and shoreline.

B Mae's Resort Inn & Suites in Gilford donated lodging for the Connecticut State Police assisting in the effort.

The N.H. Marine Patrol is investigating the incident.

No further information is available at this time.


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