Fire department rescues woman from NH river after she falls out of kayak
THORNTON — A woman was rescued from the Pemigewasset River on Wednesday after falling out of her kayak.
Thornton-Campton Fire Rescue said that Chief Daniel Defosses was leaving the Thornton Town Hall around 11:30 a.m., when an off-duty N.H. State Trooper pulled up on his personal motorcycle and indicated that just south of Cross Road on US Route 3, a young man wearing a life jacket was walking up the road and needed a ride to a local rental shop to reunite with his group.
Defosses found the man, who indicated that he was with a group of 40 to 50 campers from a summer camp who were kayaking down the river.
The man told Defosses that his two person kayak had flipped after striking debris, and that he swam to shore. He said that he believed his partner continued on the kayak down river after righting it.
Defosses said he was giving the kayaker a ride to the local rental shop to reunite with his group when he noticed what appeared to be a group of kayaks stopped in the river.
As he stopped and exited his vehicle, he heard several people screaming for help. He requested a first-alarm water rescue response, bringing in five additional departments to assist.
Defosses said a young female was found clinging to a rock in the strongest section of current, but fortunately, she was wearing a life jacket.
Crews arrived a short time after Defosses and two swift water technicians were deployed on ropes to make contact with the victim. One of the rescuers was able to grab the victim and use the rope to pendulum back to shore. The female victim was uninjured and refused treatment and transport, officials said.
It was the second rescue the department had to make in that area of the river since Friday.