Man dies while diving with group near Gilford island

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GILFORD - A man diving with a small group off Diamond Island on Sunday died despite efforts to rescue him after being found unresponsive.

State Police Marine Patrol responded to the scene around 10:15 a.m. after being notified a water rescue was under way.

Initial investigation revealed that four divers were in the water when one became unresponsive. He was brought to the surface by a fellow diver and 9-1-1 was alerted.

A Good Samaritan and the assisting diver were unable to remove the victim from the water until Marine Patrol arrived.

Marine Patrol Supervisor David Jones and the dive partner administered CPR while the victim was transported to shore.

Members of Gilford, Laconia, Meredith and Alton Fire Departments also assisted in rendering treatment on land, however, the victim, 69, died at the scene.

The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time pending notification of the next of kin. Although the investigation continues, foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who has further information related to this Incident is encouraged to contact New Hampshire State Police - Marine Patrol Supervisor David Jones at (603) 293-2037 or by email at

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