1 dead, 1 critical after swimmers rescued off Seabrook, NH beach

SEABROOK, N.H. (WHDH) - One person has died and another is in critical condition after a group of swimmers was pulled from the water off Seabrook Beach on Sunday, Coast Guard officials say.

Seabrook police say that seven people — six swimmers, plus a good Samaritan — were pulled from the water just after noon in the area of 131 Ocean Drive. Seabrook Fire and New Hampshire State Police responded to the scene, with Hampton Fire and Hampton Beach lifeguards assisting in the recovery.

Witnesses told 7News that the swimmers were struggling to return to shore due to dangerous currents.

“People with surfboards went out and they were bringing people back and they pulled out a woman who wasn’t conscious,” said witness Beth Parker. “It was just horrible.”

New Hampshire State Police say that four of the six people pulled from the water were not hurt. A 47-year-old Methuen woman was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 49-year-old Methuen man was taken to Anna Jaques Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Those victims have not been identified.

Seabrook police are urging swimmers to stay out of the water due to the dangerous water conditions.

This is a developing news story; stay with 7News for more information as it becomes available.

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