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Sibling warned man who drowned, police say

HANOVER, N.H. — Police said a 20-year-old man who drowned in the Connecticut River during a Dartmouth College senior week party could not swim and was trying to land in shallow water when he used a rope swing.

Police said Ernest Amoh of Ghana had just finished his freshman year at Trinity University in Texas. He was in Hanover to celebrate the pending graduation of his brother from Dartmouth.

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The Valley News reported that police said the brothers and some friends had taken a canoe to the river June 5.

Everyone except Amoh had taken turns on the swing when they realized that other students had taken the canoe back toward Hanover.

As they waited for another canoe, Amoh told his brother, Justice, that he wanted to try out the trapeze rope swing.

Justice Amoh ‘‘told his brother it was a bad idea, but his brother said he would just land in the shallow area,’’ Hanover Police Officer Nenia Corcoran said in the report.

Justice Amoh said he saw his brother’s hands come back above the water, but then he disappeared.

Efforts to save the college student failed.

Ernest Amoh’s body was found the next day in about 18 feet of water.

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