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    From WMUR News 9

    Rescuers Search For Missing Firefighter At Weirs Beach
    Firefighter Described As Experienced Diver
    POSTED: 4:56 PM EST March 11, 2004
    UPDATED: 6:10 PM EST March 11, 2004



    WEIRS BEACH, N.H. -- Rescuers searched Thursday afternoon for a diver believed to be missing under the ice at Weirs Beach.



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    Two Laconia firefighters were diving in the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee and were separated. Only one of the men resurfaced.

    "They had given each other the thumbs up that they we're going to come up," police Sgt. Steve Clarke said. "The first diver came up, and that's when he noticed that the other diver had not come up."

    Firefighters and dive teams from around the region searched into the evening around the Weirs Beach area. The missing diver is said to be an experienced diver and was wearing a wet suit and a tank, but it's not clear how long he would be able to survive.

    Rescue teams drilled holes in the ice to insert cameras to find some sign of the missing diver. Officials said they are concerned a current might have pushed him out of the area.

    The name of the missing firefighter has not been released. WMUR News 9
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    I just saw that... its hard to believe... i hope they find him...
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    a little over 5 hrs since the tones went off the firefighter still not found
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    Sorry to hear this news. Were they on a response? Or training?
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    Neither. It was a recreational dive. Though, my question is why would you want to go diving without a safety line especially in those conditions? May be a pain in the butt, but it could have prevented this. I hope he's alright, but time's ran out if he was stuck under.

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    a few hours ago they changed it to a recovery operation.

    The two firefighters were training on thier own time with new fire department equipment.

    Crews are on scene all tonight with more crews due to arrive tomorrow morning. They will remain on scene until the missing firefighter is brought home.
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    Originally posted by 42VTExplorer
    Neither. It was a recreational dive. Though, my question is why would you want to go diving without a safety line especially in those conditions? May be a pain in the butt, but it could have prevented this. I hope he's alright, but time's ran out if he was stuck under.
    You are stating things about which you know nothing about. It would be wise to wait until you know the facts before spouting off. Let us pray for the missing firefighters soul and his family. It is hoped with all my heart he is recovered tomorrow to let him rest in peace and so his family can begin their process. If I seem a little touchy it is because I am a Laconia Firefighter on a break from trying to recover my brother. Many thanks to all those who have sent help and offered support. GOd be with us.....
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    Jay, Keep us posted. AND PLEASE be careful during your efforts.
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    I offer my prayers for the recovery of our brother...and a safe operation for ALL those involved.
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    Unhappy Efforts suspended overnight..........

    (Laconia-AP) -- Fish and Game Divers have suspended looking for
    a fire department diver who failed to surface after practicing
    dives in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee.
    Authorities say two firefighters were in the water off Laconia's
    Weirs Beach this afternoon but became separated and one of them
    failed to come out of the lake.
    Their names are being withheld.
    Fish and Game Major Tim Acerno said the search of the water
    resumes tomorrow morning.



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    Unhappy 5:45am update

    (Laconia-AP) -- Divers resume an emotional search this morning
    for a Laconia (New Hampshire) fire department diver who failed to
    surface after practicing in Lake Winnipesaukee.
    Firefighter Mark Miller, an expert diver and head of the
    department's diving team, disappeared yesterday afternoon. He and
    another department diver were in the water off Weirs Beach trying
    out new cold weather diving suits.
    Fish and Game says the men signaled each other to surface, but
    when the second man emerged, Miller did not.
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    I'd like to offer my prayers and condolences to the friends, family, and coworkers.
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    Body Of Missing Diver Found
    Firefighter Disappears During Training Dive

    POSTED: 1:31 pm EST March 12, 2004
    UPDATED: 1:59 pm EST March 12, 2004

    LACONIA, N.H. -- Divers on Friday recovered the body of a Laconia firefighter who disappeared while during a practice exercise in Lake Winnipesaukee.

    The body of Lt. Mark Miller was found around 1 p.m. Scores of firefighters who helped search for him formed a double line on a dock and saluted as colleagues carried a flag-draped stretcher to a waiting vehicle.

    Miller, head of the department's diving team, disappeared Thursday while trying out new diving suits in the icy lake with a fellow firefighter.

    Fire officials think he may have gotten disoriented and become trapped under the ice.
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    Rest in Peace Brother. My thoughts are with his family and the Laconia Fire Department.
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    Jay,

    Haven't seen you in a while, I'm sorry it had to be on these circumstances. My thoughts and prayers to all you guys. Hope you find him soon.

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    Jay, please accept my condolences on the loss of Lt. Miller. My heart goes out to the Laconia Fire Department and Lt. Miller's family and friends for your loss.

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    Jay, my prayers and thoughts are with Mark Millers family and all the brothers of LFD.....take care.

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    I don't know what to say but thank you for your words and messages. PLease visit www.laconiafire.org and click the link under Marks picture to leave some kind words for his wife and 3 children. I know they will find them comforting.

    FF/EMT Mark Miller would have been proud of the way hundreds of people came together the last 2 days to perform a daunting water rescue mission. I won't forget you Mark, nor your mission of founding a premier water / ice and scuba rescue team for our region. I really wish you could have seen us work today. You would have been proud of all of us. I miss you Brother, shift change will not be the same with out you there.
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    Glad to hear the brother has been found. Rest in Peace.

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    Rest in peace Mark. You will be missed by all. May God comfort the family and friends of our departed brother.

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    A little late coming but I needed to post this from my heart. This is not an official departmental release. It is from me to all of you as Jay Ellingson, Mark's friend.

    About 1445 March 11, 2004 Mark went missing during a training dive. With in an hour hundreds of people came from fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies arrived from 3 states. Expert dive teams from those same agencies and numerous dive shops arrived to lend a hand. The community came out to give us coffee and snacks. As the darkness set in safety dictated the diving search cease and it was stopped for the night but we kept a vigil hoping against all odds that Mark would surface. It was a long, cold, painfully lonely night as Laconia, Belmont, and Franklin NH FD brothers lit up the docks, beach, and channel looking for any sign. Those members walked up and down the shore, the docks and the beach shining pitiful beams of light into the water looking for a reflection, a piece of equipment, anything. THe sun came up, Mark didn't. We went for a briefing where the previous days help arrived bolstered by so many people that I will never be able to name who just wanted to help bring Mark home. The governor was there. Senator Gregg was there. The Boston Fire Department sent not only a dive team, but experts and a huge dive rescue truck. I saw people from every department in the Mutual Aid pact and some from beyond. The citizens, Red Cross, Salvation army and others came to feed us. Marine Patrol, Fish and Game, NH Fire Academy, private business with underwater cameras, ice fisherman loaned ice augers, we needed it, someone got it for us. The press kept a respectful distance inside their designated area and respected our space and Mark's family. Almost 24 hours after Mark went missing he was found. Amazing how so much pain can accompany relief that our mission was complete. That walk off the dock to the hearse with Mark was the longest walk I have ever made. We prepared to sent Mark to his peaceful resting place with a beautiful ceremony of his life. We wondered who and how many would come to join us for Marks funeral march and ceremony as a snowstorm moved in the night before. We started marching from the funeral home through the city center. Thousands of citizens lined the streets, hats in hand to show respect for a veteran civil servant. Hundreds of school children from every school in the city lined the route with the mittened hands over their hearts, some crying as Firefighter Mark was a fixture in their schools. (You see,Mark taught thousands of school children to stay off the ice, to wear a life jacket when in a boat or on the docks, to be safe no matter what they were doing.) We marched around Messer Street and stopped at Bisson Ave to let the out of town marchers join the procession. We gasped, our jaws dropped, we were awed by the sight of over 1500 blue jackets that fell into ranks ahead of us. I was not surprised in hind sight that all those people came in the face of a bitter cold wind and a few inches of snow, terrible driving conditions to be with us in our time of need. Why? Because all week, when we needed you, you were there. You came from hundreds of miles away, you emailed, you PMed, you sent cards, you called my wife to let us know you were thinking of us. If I forgot to mention a person or agency in my post don't fret, your remembered in my heart. God bless you all. Thank you.
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    im sorry to hear this about a fellow ff my u and all the ff that worked with mark find comfort.
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