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Sculler plucked uninjured from Merrimack River Saturday

HUDSON – An unidentified individual was rendered soaked and cold, but otherwise uninjured, when the scull he or she was rowing tipped over Saturday morning in the Merrimack River.

Nashua and Hudson firefighters and rescuers were called to their respective sides of the river, just south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, shortly after 8 a.m. for a report of a person in the river, Hudson officials said. ...

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HUDSON – An unidentified individual was rendered soaked and cold, but otherwise uninjured, when the scull he or she was rowing tipped over Saturday morning in the Merrimack River.

Nashua and Hudson firefighters and rescuers were called to their respective sides of the river, just south of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, shortly after 8 a.m. for a report of a person in the river, Hudson officials said.

Nashua crews spotted the boater on the Hudson side of the river and notified their Hudson counterparts that the individual was being assisted to shore by another boater.

Hudson crews set a ladder onto the steep embankment near Merrill Park to allow rescuers to assist the boater up the bank and to an awaiting ambulance for observation. The boater was warmed up and treated in the ambulance, but it wasn’t immediately known if he or she was taken to the hospital.

A scull is an oar-powered watercraft that looks like a canoe-kayak hybrid but is typically narrower and longer. They are often used for racing.

The ambulance, along with other Hudson apparatus, staged in a section of Merrill Park, a recreational area along the river off Maple Avenue.

Officials said once the boater was in the ambulance, crews, along with a second boater who had helped the victim to shore, climbed back down the ladder to retrieve the scull.

Officials said the sculler was completing a practice run when the scull tipped for an unknown reason and threw the boater into the river.

Fire officials are cautioning boaters, especially those in small crafts, that recent rains have raised the level of the river and created a current that is stronger and faster than usual.

They urge all boaters to wear life vests or jackets, noting that the person who fell into the river Saturday was not wearing one.

It’s also recommended to have additional flotation devices easily accessible, and to always have a second person on board for safety purposes.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).