- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2016

DALTON, N.H. (AP) - A 72-year-old Massachusetts man has drowned while trying to swim from a raft to shore in a New Hampshire lake.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Edward Schofield, of Auburndale, Massachusetts, started struggling and went underwater Thursday afternoon in Forest Lake in Dalton.

Officials say a family member tried to help, but was unable to reach him in time. Other people in the area also tried to save the man, but were unsuccessful.

Emergency responders recovered Schofield’s body a short time later. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say he and his wife had been staying at a friend’s house on the lake at the time of the incident.

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