For Immediate Release
Posted: September 06, 2023


Amber Lagace, Public Information Officer
(603) 223-8434 |

Hampton Beach Drowning

HAMPTON, New Hampshire – On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at approximately 7:30 p.m., New Hampshire State Police Communications Unit received a call of a possible drowning off of Hampton Beach in Hampton, New Hampshire. At the time, it was reported that one person had been rescued from the water and another was still missing.

The caller who was a good samaritan, later identified as Casey Torname, 23, from Salem, NH was surfing in the area, initially located the two swimmers that were yelling for help. He quickly brought one swimmer to shore, later identified as Luis Colon-De-Lara, 28, of Lawrence, MA. The good samaritan then called 911 to let them know that there was another swimmer still missing.

Hampton Fire arrived on scene and began to search the area. They found the victim in the water, later identified as Wandy Bethancourt-Adames, 27, of Lawrence, MA. The victim was brought to shore and CPR was performed. He was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Luis was admitted into the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Responding agencies included the Hampton Police and Fire Departments, the US Coast Guard, New Hampshire State Beach Patrol, New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol and the NH Medical Examiner’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation. Marine Patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has additional 
details, to contact Sergeant Nicholas Haroutunian at (603) 227-2112 or via email,