1 dead after canoe overturns in Leominster

Saturday May 12, 2012

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) -- State police are trying to figure out what caused a canoe to overturn in Notown Reservoir in central Massachusetts, sparking a frantic search for those who were missing that ended with the discovery of one dead victim and survivors.

Troopers responding to a report of a half-naked man walking on Route 2 in Leominster near the reservoir early Saturday learned about the incident from the man. He told police that he was in the canoe with four other people when it overturned and that only two were accounted for.

Additional troopers, police dogs, a helicopter and divers worked with Leominster police and firefighters searching for the missing people who were all found by less than an hour after police learned about the incident.

Authorities are investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.


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