Officials: River Search For Man on Hold Due to High Water

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/16 2014 05:20PM

Updated 04/16 2014 05:24PM

CONCORD, N.H. - According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the search for Aaron Hoyt, 32, of Northfield has been put on hold due to high water.

Hoyt jumped into the icy waters of the Smith River on Monday evening. He is presumed to have drowned.

"The river has risen 9 feet from yesterday to this morning, and is projected to rise another 14 feet before Thursday morning," said N.H. Fish and Game Lt. James Kneeland. "We will have to take it day by day until workable, safe conditions allow us to get back on the river."

Officials say Hoyt was dressed in swim trucks and was not wearing a life jacket when he jumped into the river. He was swept downriver and was last seen with his head above water and trying to make it to shore.

The N.H. Department of Fish and Game is advising anyone considering to go near any body of water this time of year to wear a life jacket. 

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