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    Here is an unfortunate news report - be safe out there.

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    News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department August 4, 2008
    Phone: (603) 271-3211
    Email: info@wildlife.nh.gov
    For information and online licenses, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us

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    Capt. Martin Garabedian: (603) 271-3361
    Maj. Tim Acerno: or 271-3129
    Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
    August 4, 2008


    SEARCH CONTINUES FOR POSSIBLE SWIFT RIVER DROWNING VICTIM

    CONCORD, N.H. - A search continues today for a possible drowning victim in the Swift River, in the town of Albany, N.H. On Sunday afternoon (August 3, 2008) David Hildebrandt, age 29, of Dorchester, Mass., had stopped with friends near the Lower Falls on the Swift River, a scenic pulloff on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. Hildebrandt slipped on the rocks and fell into the river, then was swept away by high water. His friends saw him go downstream and underwater, so they called 911 for help at approximately 2:45 p.m.

    New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers began searching Sunday afternoon, aided by several agencies that responded to the original call for help: U.S. Forest Service personnel; Conway, North Conway, Tamworth and Madison fire departments; N.H. Marine Patrol; the Carroll County Sheriff's office; members of Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO); and a New Hampshire State Police helicopter.

    The search continued until dark last night, and resumed at 8 a.m. this morning (August 4). At this point, Hildebrandt is presumed to have drowned, and searchers are looking for his body.

    "The search appears to be in a recovery phase," confirmed Captain Martin Garabedian of N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement. "Conditions have improved since yesterday - the water level has gone down considerably, making for better visibility."

    Garabedian emphasized that people should use extreme caution around streams and rivers throughout the state. "This is one of several potential drownings that have happened in the past week involving people recreating in or near rivers. Obviously, in different parts of the state we're dealing with flood-stage level stream flows. Please be careful," he said.

    No further information is available at this time.

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    horrible news....sending good thoughts and prayers....

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    Exclamation Watch your stream crossings

    Be careful backcountry with stream and river crossings. Know the trails you are hiking and if it entails water crossings go prepared. The backcountry river and streams are near flood stage in certain spots. With this said the waterfalls right now must be amazing. When doing S.T.P. couldn't be believe how much water was coming down thru Tucks. Be safe and enjoy.

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    I stood on the Tux Headwall and looked at the waterfalls amazed. Where does all that water come from at the TOP of the headwall?
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    Unfortunately a bad outcome.
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    News from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department August 5, 2008
    Phone: (603) 271-3211
    Email: info@wildlife.nh.gov
    For information and online licenses, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us

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    CONTACT:
    Maj. Tim Acerno: (603) 271-3129
    Capt. Martin Garabedian: (603) 271-3361
    Sgt. Dave Eskeland: (603) 271-3361
    Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
    August 5, 2008


    SWIFT RIVER DROWNING VICTIM RECOVERED;
    MERRIMACK RIVER SWIMMER SURVIVES IN MANCHESTER

    CONCORD, N.H. - About 11 a.m. today (August 5), searchers were able to recover the body of David Hildebrandt, age 29, of Dorchester, Mass., who drowned in the Swift River, in the town of Albany, .H. Hildebrandt had been camping with friends in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest when he slipped and fell into the Swift River near the Lower Falls and was swept away by high water on Sunday, August 3. After a three-day search, a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer and a U.S. Forest Service staffer searching the shoreline located Hildebrandt's body approximately 1.5 miles downstream, lodged in front of a boulder in the middle of the river. The officers were able to find Hildebrant's body because the water level in the river had dropped more than three feet since Sunday. It was recovered without incident.

    Another search mission in Manchester further highlighted the treacherous conditions on rivers and streams in New Hampshire caused by ongoing rainy weather. N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers were called at about 11 a.m. this morning (August 5) to respond to a request for assistance from the City of Manchester regarding a report of a person swimming across the Merrimack River downtown.

    Just before 12:30 p.m., the swimmer, identified as Chris Nydin, a homeless man from Manchester, came out of the river on the other side. He refused medical treatment, but seemed to be physically okay. He reportedly had jumped into the river and began swimming after a dispute with his girlfriend.

    "Nydin was lucky," said Maj. Tim Acerno, Acting Chief of N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement. "This incident could have ended very differently due to the dangerous river conditions. The current in the Merrimack in that area is very strong and fast, and the rocky riverbed makes it even more hazardous. We're glad this incident had a fortunate outcome, but we can't stress enough the need for people to be aware of the dangerous conditions in New Hampshire's rivers right now."

    Fish and Game is urging everyone to use extreme caution around streams and rivers throughout the state until water levels return to normal. "Three people have drowned in New Hampshire rivers in the past week," Acerno said. "We understand that it's tempting to seek out the waterways to cool off from the summer heat, but we strongly advise everyone to use the greatest caution possible around rivers and streams - the current and water levels are much stronger and faster than they usually would be at this time of year. They are at flood-stage level stream flows in some parts of the state. People need to be smart and stay away from them for now. If you want to go swimming, please go to a designated beach."

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    Truly a bad outcome. There are so many people that go to this spot every day in summer. We've been there several times and in fact I posted a link with pictures and a map last month when Valerie and Debi were talking about the kids liking the "slides" at Basin Cascade. Lower Falls is pretty extreme even when the water isn't high. There are usually adults that catch the kids sliding down the chutes so that they don't go too far (since there are a couple of falls with 4-5 foot drops into pools past the bottom of the chute). Last year my daughter got in at the wrong place when the current was particularly strong and went over one of those falls. She was fine but there's definitely danger there if you aren't paying attention. Another case of natural places like this being treated like a theme park by many people. Very, very sad when there is this kind of outcome.
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    I hate to hear of such tragedies. I have a great respect for fast moving water as I have been really close to some glacial outflow rivers in Alaska. They are nothing to play around with as with high water in the Whites. Hopefully we won't hear of any more people losing their lives in the rivers.
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