Three deaths reported on New Hampshire waters

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The three water fatalities all came in within six hours Friday afternoon. (Courtesy photo)

Three deaths were reported in New Hampshire waters on Friday, including a young Scout who was killed in a boating accident on Manning Lake in Gilmanton.

The call for the injured Scout came in around 2:15 p.m., saying that a young child who was injured while out on a boat. Lakes Region Fire and Rescue toned first responders who immediately responded to the scene along with Gilmanton Police. Officers and Troopers from Marine Patrol and Troop E, as well as New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers were also on scene shortly after the call came in, according to a Marine Patrol statement sent on Saturday.

An investigation revealed that the young male, who was part of a group of campers at a Boy Scout camp, was involved in a boating accident while out on the water. As a result of the accident, the young scout received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The scout was in New Hampshire with his group from Massachusetts.

Prior to clearing the scene in Gilmanton, Marine Patrol received a call of a body that had been found on the Piscataquog River in Manchester, near the border of Goffstown. Manchester Police and Fire Department were first on scene. The body had been located by some boaters who reported it to Manchester Police. Marine Patrol along with Troopers from Troop B and the Major Crime Unit responded to investigate. The victim was identified as Shawn Barton, age 40, with an unknown address at this time.

Later around 8:45 p.m., a third call was received for a possible drowning on Middle Pea Porridge Pond in Madison. The call was for a swimmer who had not returned to her family after being on the water in front of their rental property. Officers and Troopers from Marine Patrol and Troop E, Ossipee Fire and Rescue and New Hampshire Fish and Game all responded to the scene.

An investigation revealed the victim, Amy Posocco, 41, of Beverly, Mass., had been swimming with a group of her family members, when she failed to return to shore. Family and neighbors began an immediate search but was unsuccessful. With assistance from the dive team of Ossipee first responders, Posocco was located approximately 90 feet offshore.

Investigations into all three deaths are ongoing.

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