BERLIN — A 60-year-old New Hampshire man died Sunday afternoon after experiencing a medical emergency while kayaking in a race on Silver Lake.
Bystanders pulled the man from the lake and performed CPR, said Chris Collibee, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. First responders transported him to MidState Medical Center in Meriden and he was later transferred to Hartford Hospital via Lifestar helicopter, where he died at 6:30 p.m.
State environmental conservation police are investigating the incident as an untimely death. A preliminary investigation determined it to be “medical in nature,” Collibee said. DEEP did not release the man’s identity.
“It’s just a shock to our whole paddling community to lose one of our friends,” said the race’s organizer, Vicki Cummings.
The race is part of the New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association series.
“As soon as he fell out of the boat we had someone there,” Cummings said. “Everybody kind of pulled together and did the best that we could.”