Man Drowns in Merrimack River, MA reports that a decorated Lowell police officer drowned in the Merrimack River on Saturday, July 23.

Charles Panek was riding in a motorboat with his brother and a friend when he apparently told his companions that he was going to jump into the water. He then leapt from the 18-foot vessel while it was traveling about 20 miles per hour, police said. When the boat circled back seconds later, Panek did not surface. Tyngsborough police located the body of the 30-year-old officer in the river late Saturday night, about 3 hours after they were alerted.

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