6th Apparent NH Drowning in August, This Time a Mass. Dad Trying To Save His Family

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Swift River in Albany where a father died Sunday while saving his family. Screenshot from WMUR

ALBANY, New Hampshire – On Sunday, Aug. 20 at 12:33 p.m., State Police received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Swift River in Albany.

The father, Vincent Parr, 37, from Lawrence, Mass., died trying to save his family when the mother and child got stuck in fast-moving water on the Passaconaway roadside of the Swift River, east of the Albany covered bridge, according to state police.

Parr tried to rescue them, but became caught in the current and the mother and child were able to get to shore. Bystanders helped bring Parr to shore and CPR was performed, but he was ultimately pronounced dead, state police said.

In Canterbury on Friday, Aug. 18, at approximately 7:30 p.m., State Police Dispatch received a call for a possible drowning on Crane Neck Pond in Canterbury. The NH Medical Examiner arrived on scene and the man was pronounced dead.

 The initial investigation said the man was fishing from a canoe with his fiancée when the canoe capsized. He went underwater trying to turn the canoe back over but did not resurface. His fiancée pulled him to shore and began performing CPR, then ran to get help.

In Lincoln Tuesday, Aug. 15, at approximately 3:56 p.m., State Police Marine Patrol received a call for a person trapped at Franconia Falls; an area on the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in the White Mountain National Forest.

 Melissa Bagley, 44, died while trying to save her son, 10, who did survive.

The initial investigation revealed the family of five from Lynn, Mass., and one friend from Salem, Mass., hiked to Franconia Falls.  While at the falls, the family’s 10-year-old son fell in the water requiring other family members to enter the pool to assist.  The family was able to rescue the 10-year-old, but two other family members became trapped in the rocks and current, according to authorities.

Ultimately an 18-year-old male, was freed from the water by family.  He sustained injuries and was transported to Littleton Hospital in Littleton.

 The mother, Melissa Bagley was located in the water below the falls and despite resuscitation efforts by family members was pronounced dead.

Melissa Bagley, according to her Facebook page, was a native of Swampscott and married to Everett, Mass. Police Lt. Sean Bagley. A GoFundMe page Sunday night had raised more than $73,000 for the family.

The Berlin Sun reported that on Monday, Aug. 14, a 3-year-old boy drowned in a backyard pool in Berlin a couple of blocks from home.

The child was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital where life-saving efforts were attempted but unsuccessful. The child’s death is under investigation.

In Hampton on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 a.m., Hampton police responded to the discovery of a body in the Hampton River.

The victim was identified as Stephen Gelineau, 47, of Lowell, Mass.  The cause and manner of Gelineau’s death was an accidental drowning. He is believed to have possibly been fishing off the Hampton jetty.

In Newbury, on Aug. 5 at 3:52 p.m., State Police Marine Patrol received a call reporting a swimmer who went underwater near a raft and had not resurfaced on Lake Sunapee in Newbury. The man was later identified as Alexander Genthner, 23, of Allenstown, N.H.

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