NH man died trying to help companion who fell into water

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 10:55 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 9:32 AM EDT
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GILFORD, N.H. (AP) - Police say a man who jumped into Lake Winnipesaukee died after trying to help a companion who lost his balance while trying to board a boat.

James Murphy Jr., 66, of Laconia, died Wednesday. Murphy was trying to help 71-year-old Ronald Bickford, who was boarding the boat from the Gilford Town Docks. Both men went beneath the surface multiple times before good Samaritans were able to grab their arms and hold them until more help arrived. They were taken to the hospital. Murphy later died.

Murphy’s wife, Cindy Murphy, told The Laconia Daily Sun that she and her husband had provided home care for Bickford, who is disabled. She said Bickford was released from a hospital Thursday.

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