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Jul 1, 2015 3:09 PM

4th of July water safety in NH: Know your limitations

NH1 News

The weather for the July 4 weekend looks promising. With temperatures expected to reach the low 80s, many people will be enjoying our rivers, lakes and ocean beaches.

However, this fun in the sun can end up deadly if you’re not prepared.

Six people drowned in New Hampshire in the last six weeks. So far, 11 people have drowned this year, 19 people drowned in 2014 and another 19 drowned in 2013.

Most recently, a missing boater was recovered from Lake Winnipesaukee and the bodies of a father and son were pulled from the Merrimack River. While it may seem like common sense, it’s so important to be prepared for the worst and to know your rescue abilities and swimming limitations.

“If you look historically, when we have periods of high water, coupled with hot and humid weather, it’s not uncommon for these tragedies to exist. That's why we're reaching out to the public to drive this message home,” said Marine Patrol Sgt. Josh Dirth.

With the abundance of rain, stronger than normal currents are expected, and Marine Patrol warned that swimming in the ocean, river or a lake is much harder than swimming in a pool. If you’re swimming or boating in an area with no lifeguards, Marine Patrol is also asking people to wear life jackets.

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