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Old October 30th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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here is a little more on it....


Man missing after falling off MS Mt. Washington
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) -- The body of a man who fell off a Halloween cruise during the weekend was the target of a resumed search Monday.

Strong winds, driving rain and darkness hampered rescue efforts after the man, whose identify had not been released, fell off the popular MS Mt. Washington during a Halloween party about 10 p.m. Saturday night, state Fish and Game Lt. Jim Goss said.

Conditions weren't much better on Sunday, Goss said, and the search was suspended as winds hit more than 50 mph, whipping up waves and endangering search crews.

"It is blowing so hard, it almost looks at though it is snowing on the lake," Goss said Sunday. "It's blowing the water straight out.


"We have two 20-plus foot boats and we didn't feel it would be safe to be out there," he said.

Monday dawned clear but windy again as Marine Patrol boats and officers assembled for what dispatcher Michelle Montville said was a recovery operation, not a rescue effort. With water temperatures in the 50s, searchers said anyone in the water would be overcome by hypothermia in a matter of minutes.

Goss said only a few of the 290 people onboard saw the man fall. Goss said nothing untoward appeared to have happened before the accident.

"It just appears he fell over the rail," he said.

The captain stopped the ship, but it had traveled an undetermined distance before the crew was alerted. Goss said the ship covers a mile in about six minutes.

The crew threw out a life ring, turned on floodlights and got help from the Marine Patrol; Fish and Game; and fire and police from Gilford, Laconia and Alton.

They searched until about 2 a.m. Sunday and returned after daylight until late morning, when the weather forced a suspension.

Goss said the search area was about a mile long, between Welch Island and Rattlesnake Island in Gilford.
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