Jun 26, 2015 10:53 AM
The Merrimack River is calm now as the search for a father and son finally ends.
“Friends and I would come down here at the age of 10, 12 and go fishing swimming by ourselves and never had much of an issue,” said Caitlin Young, who swam in Merrimack all her life.
The Marine Patrol released the identities of the victims Friday morning.
Javier Gonzalez, 10, was recovered in 20-25 feet of water. His step-father, Jibril Mohamed, 34, was recovered in 12 feet of water.
The boy’s body was found not far from where he first began struggling in the rough current. His step-father was found a mile and a half away and hours apart.
“The current was really fast. A lot of the kids said that when they went to go get him that they couldn’t fight the current like they almost drowned trying to get him,” Samantha Casiano witnessed a 2013 drowning.
Casiano recalls her friend drowning back in 2013, Daron Graham of Penacook. Earlier that week Gary Lacroix of Concord drowned and a father and 9 year old daughter had to be rescued from the river.
The family of the new victims also upset.
"They just seemed very obviously torn up," said Bridget Potter of Concord who saw the families’ reaction.
Officials from several departments across the state joined in the effort to rescue the boy and his father. They want to remind everyone to use caution when swimming in unsupervised areas.
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