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For Immediate Release
October 10, 2021


Marine Patrol Supervisor David Jones
(603) 293-2037 |

Incident on Lake Winnipesaukee - Gilford

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, at approximately 10:16 am, New Hampshire State Police - Marine Patrol was notified of a water rescue off Diamond Island in the town of Gilford.

Initial investigation revealed 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.

Original reports suggested two other divers were missing but soon after surfaced.

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 assisted in rendering treatment on land.  The victim, a 69 year old male, 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

Update 10/11/2021 

Victim has been identified as Gene Parker, age 69 of Wakefield NH.