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One Dead, One Critical As Swimmers Pulled from Seabrook Water

August 20, 2018

SEABROOK -- One person died and another is in critical condition after a group of swimmers was rescued from the strong currents off Seabrook Beach on Sunday afternoon, authorities say.

The names of the victims were not immediately released by official sources.

Seabrook police responded to 131 Ocean Drive for a report of multiple swimmers struggling in the water at around 12:25 p.m., according to a police press release.

Seabrook police Officer John Giarrusso, who was first on scene with Officer Zach Bunszell, “shed his duty gear and entered the water” to assist several parties to shore, the release states. Giarrusso then returned to the water on a surfboard to search for the last party still unaccounted for.

Seven people were pulled from the water, including six original swimmers in distress and one good Samaritan, who aided in the rescues.

A female was transported to Seabrook Emergency, according to the release. The last male party was brought to shore at 12:59 p.m. by a Hampton Beach lifeguard and transported to Anna Jaques Hospital, in Newburyport. Which individual died was not immediately available.

The remaining people pulled from the water were treated at the scene and released, according to a spokesman with the Coast Guard.

“The quick and selfless actions of the police officers firefighters, and lifeguards, was essential in removing all parties from the rough waters today,” Seabrook Acting Chief of Police Brett Walker stated in the release. “Our officers on scene, along with the Seabrook and Hampton fire departments and lifeguards, quickly and efficiently coordinated both a targeted search and rescue area for those in the water as well as land-based evacuation for those requiring transport.”

Posts advising of the dangerous water currents off Seabrook Beach were made by emergency crews following the incident.

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