Capt. Kevin Jordan: 603-271-3128
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
July 16, 2009

Body of Lake Massabesic Drowning Victim Recovered

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Department divers today recovered the body of 52-year-old Kenneth Fudge, of Derry, N.H., who drowned after overturning his kayak in Lake Massabesic at about 5:00 p.m. yesterday (July 15, 2009).  Fudge's fiancé attempted save him, but he tragically slipped from her arms and sank after she could no longer hold him up.  He did not know how to swim and was not wearing a life preserver.  Weather was not a factor in the incident. 

N.H. Fish and Game coordinated today's recovery operation.  Marine Patrol personnel helped pinpoint the location of the body using a side-scan sonar unit and laid out a grid for Fish and Game divers to use in conducting the underwater search. The lake water is about 20 feet deep in the area of the incident, which is fairly close to the shoreline. Divers reported a difficult search because of poor visibility in the water.  Family members were present as the search progressed.

Soon after the incident yesterday afternoon, personnel from the Auburn Fire Department responded to the scene and called in emergency rescue help from the Nashua Fire Department Dive Team. Manchester Fire Department and Department of Safety Marine Patrol staff searched from boats and made additional searches along the shorelines.  N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers also were called in to provide support of a potential rescue, and subsequently took charge of the recovery operation.

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