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New Hampshire Man Dies While Fishing Kennebec River

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James Wescott, 56, of Fremont, New Hampshire, passed away yesterday, June 17, after he was swept into the Kennebec River while fishing with his son, Jarod Wescott, 34 of Norridgewock.

The two were fly fishing on the Kennebec River in Embden.

According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the father was attempting to walk out to a gravel bar out in the river, when he lost his footing and fell into the rushing water. His waders quickly filled with water as he was not wearing a wading belt, and the swift water washed him downstream.

Jarod removed his waders and jumped into the water in an attempt to save his father. He was able to get to James, but the added weight of the water-filled waders and swift current made it impossible to get James back to shore. Jarod was forced to swim to shore and eventually made his way to an ATV trail where he was able to get a passerby on an ATV to call 911.

Anson, Solon, Madison, and Skowhegan Fire Departments all responded to the scene and quickly located James, but he was unresponsive.

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