Man hurt diving into lake near Winnisquam sandbar

SANBORNTON — A 23-year-old man from Chichester who suffered a diving injury at a sandbar on Lake Winnisquam Sunday was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon following the incident.

Marine Patrol received a 9-1-1 call at 12:45 p.m. which reported that a man dove into the waters on Lake Winnisquam near the sandbar and ultimately lost feeling in his extremities. Marine Patrol Officer Jason Patten arrived on scene within minutes and also assisted responding members of the Sanbornton Fire/Rescue with transporting equipment to the scene.

Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim had been a passenger in a boat. As they approached the sandbar, the victim dove out of the boat in an attempt to stop its forward momentum. After diving out of the boat into the shallow water, the victim advised that he could not feel his extremities.

He was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital for initial evaluation and treatment.

The incident remains under investigation.