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October 3, 2011

UPDATE: October 4, 2011 -- The drowning victim has been identified as Hardik Shah of Merrimack, N.H.

Body of Swift River Drowning Victim Recovered

CONCORD, N.H. – The body of a 31-year-old New Hampshire man was recovered today (Monday, October 3), from the Swift River in Conway, N.H. The drowning victim's name will not be released until late Tuesday, October 4, pending notification of immediate family members.

The man, his wife and a group of friends had been visiting the White Mountain National Forest and had stopped near the Lower Falls on the Swift River along the Kancamagus Highway in Albany the afternoon of Sunday, October 2, 2011. It was raining steadily, making the rocks slippery, and the river water was high, with whitewater conditions. About 2 p.m., the man slipped and fell into the river and was washed downstream by the fast-moving water. Witnesses saw him pass under a covered bridge downstream.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers and U.S. Forest Service personnel, assisted by the Mountain Rescue Service, Conway Fire and Rescue, and the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, searched the banks of the river into the evening on Sunday, but had to suspend the search as darkness fell.

Search efforts resumed early this morning, and the victim's body was located and recovered today at 12:46 p.m.

"Our hearts go out to the victim's family and friends," said Lt. James Goss of Fish and Game. "This tragic incident underscores the need for caution and attention to current conditions when recreating near our mountain rivers. Water levels can change rapidly during periods of rain, especially in the mountains with many small streams coming down steep slopes into the river, and wet rocks and fast-moving water are a treacherous combination."

Updates will be posted on this web page as they become available.

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