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Jun 21, 2015 10:15 PM

Boater still missing, search continues in Lake Winnipesaukee


GILFORD - The search for a missing boater on Lake Winnipesaukee entered its second day on Sunday with no new clues.

The investigation started early Saturday morning after Brian Fairbank, who owns a home on the lake, heard a boat making an odd noise and turning in circles.

"I grabbed binoculars and I looked, and I said there’s nobody in the boat," Fairbank told NH1 News.

He then called 911, and continued to watch the boat go in circles as Marine Patrol units arrived on scene to investigate.

“They were stuck," he said. "There was no way that I could see that they could stop it.”

The boat eventually ran out of gas, and authorities were able to board the boat and rescue a dog that was found in the back.

The operator, however, was missing - and a NH Fish & Game dive team has been looking for him since.

The boat's owner has been identified as 63-year-old Domenic Tringale, 63, of Chelmsford, MA. Authorities say he was the only person on board.

Tringale was likely out fishing - part of a regular routine in the morning, according to officials.

His wallet and cell phone were also discovered on board the boat.

As of Sunday, Marine Patrol and NH Fish & Game crews were still investigating what may have happened, but say a steering mechanism may have malfunctioned. They were unsure if it caused the boater to go overboard.

Dive teams have been searching an area more than a mile and a half wide off of Governors Island, where the boat was seen going in circles.

“For a dive team to cover that area it’s going to take quite some time," said Fish & Game Sgt. Bradley Morse.

The ongoing search continued with advanced sonar scanning for deep water areas on Monday morning.


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