A Newmarket man drowned while fishing in a canoe on Tuesday morning.

State Police said Sonethanong Khongsouvankham, 44, was not wearing a life jacket while fishing around 9:20 a.m. on Milton Three Ponds (North East Pond). Callers to 911 reported he was standing in the water holding onto the canoe but let go, witnesses told State Police.

Khongsouvankham swam approximately 8 feet and went under the water and never resurfaced. A witness went into the water in the area where Khongsouvankham went under, but could not locate him.

Around 1 p.m., the State Police Marine Patrol recovered Khongsouvankham's body from the pond.

Milton Three Ponds is on the Maine border along Route 125 and is made up of three ponds: Northeast Pond, Milton Pond, and Townhouse Pond. The ponds are maintained by the Three Ponds Protective Association.

State Police are asking anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them at 603-227-2114.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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