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Summer resident dies at Bear Island

September 16, 2020
MEREDITH — A 72-year-old summer resident of Bear Island from England died while swimming off the island's shore.

According to NH Marine Patrol, on Sept. 9 John R. Lawhon, 72, of London, England, was swimming off the shore of Bear Island, where he was a seasonal resident. A family member then saw him struggling in the water. Neighbors were alerted and assisted in getting him out of the water and onto shore, where CPR was performed.

Marine Patrol received the call on the rescue in progress around 7:07 p.m., and Patrol Supervisor David Jones responded to the scene with the Meredith Fire Department.

Lawhon was pronounced dead at the scene after receiving treatment.

Marine Patrol stated the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Marine Patrol Supervisor David Jones at 293-2037 or at david.b.jones@dos.nh.gov.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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