NH Fish and Game Issues Warning About Life-Threatening Polar Plunge Activities

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today issued an urgent warning about potential danger associated with a statewide, social media-driven craze enticing teens to jump into frigid icy waters. Responding to the “Polar Plunge” dare, young people are jumping, dressed only in summer swimwear and without life vests, into frigid New Hampshire lakes and ponds, as well as fast-flowing rivers and streams coursing with snow melt. An insidious aspect of the trend is that participating youth must dare five other youth to take part, creating a fast-growing phenomenon with enormous potential for tragic outcomes.

Recent information received by the Fish and Game Department indicated that today (April 14, 2014), a large number of North Country youth had reportedly made plans to jump into the raging Connecticut River. Right now, the Connecticut River is boiling with fast, high water from the spring snow melt, with chunks of ice and debris coursing past.

Members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team, who are responsible for drowning recovery operations in the state, are very concerned about the unsanctioned Polar Plunge activities youth are engaging in. “We are strongly urging youth not to participate, and we are asking families and community members to stay alert,” said Conservation Officer and Fish and Game Dive Team Member Glenn Lucas. “The potential for life-threatening incidents to occur, because of the Polar Plunge trend, is huge.”

Lucas noted that even when ice is not visible on top of the water, there can be ice below that can easily cause a slip into dangerous fast-moving water. In one recent incident recorded on Facebook, two New Hampshire teenage girls jumped into Garland Brook in Lancaster, slipped on the ice and were nearly swept into the current without life jackets.

According to the N.H. Marine Patrol, immersion in cold water can quickly render even a good swimmer helpless within minutes. Even short amounts of time exposed to the rigors of frigid water can exacerbate hypothermic effects. Hypothermia is an abnormally low body temperature, often caused by prolonged exposure to cold. Symptoms of hypothermia can include shivering, a lack of fine or gross motor skills, slurred speech, stumbling, confusion, poor decision making, drowsiness or low energy, apathy, loss of consciousness, weak pulse and/or shallow breathing. Those suffering from the effects of hypothermia may not be aware this is taking place. A person experiencing hypothermia while in the water is at a greater risk of injury or drowning.

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Solicitation Warning to Residents

The Londonderry Fire Department and Town Hall are aware that there is a company or individual who is soliciting funds and donations. They are implying that they are a representative of the Londonderry Fire Department. The Londonderry Fire Department however is not holding any fundraisers or making any calls. If you receive or have received  a phone call, you are urged to call and report it to the Londonderry Fire Department immediately, along with any other information you might have. (603)432-1124.

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Propane Truck Causes Major Delays, Evacuations in Manchester

New Hampshire State Police are expecting the cleanup from a rollover this morning in Manchester on Interstate 93 Northbound to take several hours. They have released the following statement, asking motorists to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

Because of the Propane truck rollover on I293 N/B at mm 9.8 on the Manchester/Hooksett border, we are asking motorists to seek alternate routes of travel.  It is anticipated that this area will be affected for several hours.

One southbound lane of travel is shut down as they prepare to off load the propane from the truck.  When the truck begins to be moved, The New Hampshire State Police along with DOT will need to shut down both north and southbound lanes of travel.

Manchester PD is currently assisting the NHSP be evacuating occupants living in a half mile radius of this crash for precautionary measures.  The NHSP will continue to update as things progress.

Please seek alternate routes of travel.

 

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Manchester Police Searching for Suspects in Armed Robberies

Two of which have just occurred at Union St/Salmon St and Pearl St/Hall St

2:50pm November 5th, 2013

The Manchester Police Department is searching for two armed men believed to be responsible for several armed robberies that have occurred in our City in the last 24 hours. Both men are reportedly armed with handguns and should be considered very dangerous.

The suspects are described as black males in their twenties, one taller than the other. One wore a dark sweatshirt with a log on the front, a knit hat and sunglasses. The second wore a gold, checkered jacket with a hood.

They were last seen leaving the area in an older, dirty, dark red sedan, possibly a Toyota Camry, bearing an unknown temporary registration with black digits, zip-tied to the rear bumper area. The vehicle was operated by a Hispanic female.

If anyone sees these individuals or this vehicle, do not approach- call 911 immediately!

Instructions:
If you see the suspects or their vehicle call 911 immediately. Do not approach!

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Please Help in Finding Abigail Hernandez

Police said Abigail Hernandez left Kennett High School around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and they believe she made it home. But when her mother arrived home, the girl was gone.

Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner said police are treating it as a missing person’s case. He won’t discuss specific evidence but, he said there’s nothing suspicious so far.

Local, state and federal police agencies are involved in the investigation. About 15 New Hampshire Fish & Game officers are involved and are using a boat to search a nearby pond.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also has distributed information about Abigail.

Abigail is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 118 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing black stretch pants, tall brown boots and a gray sweater

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Tests Return Positive for EEE in Londonderry; Town to Spray

Tests during a recent mosquito control surveillance have returned positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Londonderry. As a result, the Town has directed their mosquito control contractor, Dragon Mosquito, to proceed with a second spraying application at the school grounds and athletic fields.

The spraying, which helps control adult mosquitoes, will occur on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 5 until 10:30 PM. Spraying will take place at the following locations:

  • Matthew Thornton School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Moose Hill School
  • North School
  • South School
  • Nelson Road Fields
  • West Road Fields

The insecticides Duet (prallethrin & sumithrin) and Cross Check (bifenthrin) will be used to control adult mosquitoes. No town wide road spraying is scheduled. The public is advised to take the necessary precautions to help reduce the chances of being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Residents may call Dragon at 734-4144 or the Town Hall at 432-1100 for further information regarding spray dates, times, locations, insecticides, precautions, EEE and other concerns. For more information contact the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services 603-271-4496 or visit their website.

For a brief overview of symptoms related to EEE, or tips on how to avoid mosquito bites, be sure to click Read More!

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