Salem canoeist's body recovered
02-26-10 RAYMOND, NH The body of a Salem woman was found Mon. (03-01) after her canoe capsized Fri. in the Exeter River in Raymond. Cassandra Ray, 21, fell into the water when the canoe overturned. Her body was recovered near where the accident occurred. The canoe and its paddles were retrieved earlier in the day. Raymond police would not release further details late last night, saying the matter was being handled by New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Ray had been accompanied by Michael Putnam, 22, and Ryan Goff, 20, of Chester. When the canoe sank after hitting ice, Putnam and Goff swam to shore, but Ray never made it out of the river. High water, a swift current and ice in the river have made a recovery operation dangerous. A search party found the canoe underneath the ice Sat. (02-27), but did not retrieve it until Mon. morning.
Conservation officers from Fish and Game had canoes and motor boats in the water Mon. They were assisted by Raymond police and firefighters, police Chief David Salois said. The canoe and paddles were also found in the general area of the accident.