nHOLDERNESS — No one was injured yesterday when five young men ended up in the Little Squam Lake and a boat ended up circling at a relatively high rate of speed with no one in it.
According to the New Hampshire Marine Patrol and Fire Chief Eleanor Marden, three young men and a dog were in a 14-foot Boston Whaler with a 90-horsepower outboard motor that was pulling two other men on an inner tube at 12:29 p.m.
Marden said it appeared the three men were going in circles at about 25 miles per hour and apparently hit one of their own wakes that pitched them and the dog into the water.
The boat continued in circles with the two men on the inner tube still being pulled behind it.
Marden said one of the tubers told her he didn't know whether it was safer to jump off the tube and risk being in hit by the circling boat or to hang on.
While one of them made the decision to jump after a short time, the second one road it out until the boat started to head toward a gangway.
Marden said the unmanned boat motored through the gangway that led from the shore to a dock. She said the last man on the tube jumped just before the boat plowed through it.
"I can't believe the boat didn't explode when it hit that thing," she said.
The boat continued on and landed on shore. Marden said firefighters had to search the surrounding trees to find it. The stern was snapped in two and the motor had apparently stalled.
The two tubers swam to shore. She said the men who were tossed from the boat hollered for help and, although they had begun to swim to shore, were out pretty far.
She said the man whose gangway was destroyed was the man who was trying to get to his boat to rescue the three. She said when he saw the unmanned boat heading for his gangway he retreated to shore.
Gangway destroyed, he waded to his boat and rescued the three men who were still swimming to shore.
"They were pretty shaken up, but otherwise unharmed," Marden said.
She said the two men on the tube were wearing life preservers but the three men in the boat were not.
Marden said the dog swam to shore and went home.
Marine Patrol and Marden recommend wearing life preservers at all time while boating and that a boat's driver wear the lanyard the connects the boat to the driver. A lanyard causes the motor to disengage should the driver be dislodged from a boat.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 03:31
GILFORD – A culvert collapse on Cumberland Road could cost the town as much as $75,000 to $100,000 to repair said Public Works Director Sheldon Morgan yesterday.
Morgan said the culvert, which is part of the drainage system for that part of Gunstock Acres that is closest to the Alton line, is the deepest in the town and transverses the lower part of the road about 100 yards in from Route 11.
He said the collapse created water build up on the southeast side of the road that "was dangerously close to spilling over and washing out the entire road."
"We're afraid to let it get any higher," he said.
Morgan described the water back-up as at the depth of a small lake - at it's inlet point it was 25-feet deep after the culvert collapse and at the outlet side it was 50 feet-deep.
He said culvert run through a ravine ran that was filled in the 1960s during some construction at Gunstock.
He said his department is using its pump plus two pumps borrowed from the city of Laconia to lower the pond level so they can accurately assess the problem. He was optimistic the pond would be low enough by the end of yesterday however he spoke to the Daily Sun before it rained all afternoon.
He said crews will likely fill in the existing culvert and build a slightly bigger one that will run over the old one.
"We're not going to take the old one out. It's too deep," he said.
He said construction should begin within a week and he is hopeful Cumberland Road is closed for no more than a week.
"Unfortunately, traffic will have to be diverted," he said.
He said the department has done about half of the road projects scheduled for this summer's construction season and said some of those left on this year's schedule may have to be postponed.
"We'll reevaluate everything and include our information in the next 10-year road improvement plan," he said.
This year, Wolcott paving and Busby Construction are the two companies the town chose for its subcontracting. Morgan said the scope of the project is beyond the equipment capabilities of Gilford's Public Works Department.
CAPTION: Rain continues to fall in the deep lake created by a collapsed culvert on Cumberland Road. Town crews are using three separate pumps and a series of hoses to channel the water under Cumberland Road through the ravine to prevent a road collapse.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:41
BELMONT/TILTON — The New Hampshire Marine Patrol yesterday issued a "No Wake" order on Silver Lake, where the water level topped 467 above sea level. This order will remain in effect until the lake level drops below 467 feet. The gauge at the Department of Environmental Services, Silver Lake station will be used to make this determination.
Marine Patrol urges all boaters to be aware of their wakes and use caution when operating in channels or close to shore.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:45
LACONIA — Three beaches in the city — Weirs Beach, Bartlett Beach and Opechee Cove — along with beaches at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford were closed to wading and swimming on Wednesday following tests the day before that revealed excessive levels of fecal bacteria.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services collected samples yesterday and the results of these most recent tests will be announced on Saturday.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:42
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