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State officials are urging swimmers to be careful in unsupervised areas after a series of river drownings, amid pool closures and beach restrictions.

At a press conference on the Merrimack River in Concord Friday morning, Fish & Game Col. Kevin Jordan said New Hampshire averages 13 to 15 deadly drownings a year.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are reminding the public to practice good water safety after three drowning incidents over the weekend. The bodies of two people reported missing Saturday were found Sunday morning in the Merrimack River in Canterbury.

Fish and Game says the 21-year-old female and 27-year-old male were located in approximately 15 feet of water. The victims' friends had reportedly contacted police Saturday night after trying to rescue them.

Via NH DES

The body of a Vermont teenager who disappeared while swimming in the Connecticut River has been found.

Officials say 15-year-old Casey Smith Jr. of Lunenburg, Vermont, had been swimming with his two sisters and three other friends Monday evening in the river in Dalton, New Hampshire, when he began to struggle in swift water.

One of the other swimmers also got caught in the same current and had to be rescued by a good Samaritan who heard their cries for help.

Massachusetts Man Drowns In Pemigewasset River

Aug 10, 2014

A 19-year-old man from Dracut, Mass drowned Sunday afternoon in the Pemigewasset River, according to a news release from the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol.

The man, whose name was not released, was swimming with companions south of the Route 175 bridge in Woodstock and was overcome by the swift current. 

His body was located in about 12 feet of water.

The man who drowned Friday in the North Country has been identified as William P. Glad, 37, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, according to a news release from the New Hampshire State Police.

Glad was swimming at the Upper Falls of the Ammonoosuc River in what police described as “swift, turbulent water directly adjacent to the falls” when he began yelling for help.

He surfaced again downstream in quieter water but efforts to revive him failed.