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Boy suffers serious injuries in boating accident

September 05, 2019
ASHLAND – Tragedy struck on Little Squam Lake in Ashland over Labor Day weekend, when a boating accident sent a young boy to the hospital with serious injuries.

The N.H. State Police- Marine Patrol said that on Sat., Aug. 31, at approximately 4:05 p.m., they were called to the lake after a 20-foot pontoon boat with a 75hp engine struck a nine-year-old boy who had fallen off the boat.

The boat had six adults and four children on board, and was being operated by 34-year-old Archana Selvaraj of Manchester when the accident occurred. Officers said their investigation showed that the group had been traveling above the headway speed in the vicinity of Evans Cove in Ashland and the boy had been seated on the bow with his feet dangling over the side of the boat. While he was wearing a life jacket at the time, he fell overboard and was then struck by the propeller/outdrive and received injuries to one arm, a lower leg and his pelvic/groin area.

In his press release, Sgt. Joshua Dirth of Marine Patrol said other passengers saw the boy in the water. One jumped in to bring him back to the boat, where he was lifted aboard. The group then raced to Evans Beach, where emergency rescue crews were already awaiting their arrival.

The child was first taken by ambulance to Speare Memorial Hospital for preliminary treatment then flown by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he underwent further treatment for his injuries.

There was no word on his condition as of our press deadline for this week's edition.

Besides NHSP-MP, other responders to the scene were crews from Ashland Fire-Rescue, Plymouth Fire-Rescue, and police from both Ashland and Holderness.

Dirth said that all aspects of the incident remain under investigation and asked that anyone with further information contact him at 227-2115 or by email at Joshua.Dirth@dos.nh.gov.

Varney Smith
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