Jeffrey Sessions, the 53-year-old CEO of Red River Technology in Claremont, died this week in a boating accident in Maryland that also killed his wife, Elizabeth Howle, 48.
According to an article in The Washington Post, the incident occurred about 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 3. Officials said rescuers received a 911 call indicating the couple had gone missing on a personal watercraft, similar to a Jet Ski, on the South River.
Witnesses told authorities that the couple left a home about 1:30 a.m. and that they heard “the sound of a collision” at about 1:45 a.m. and called for help after the couple did not return. Rescuers found a partially submerged personal watercraft, reported by the Valley News in Claremont to be a 2019 Sea-Doo, in the river.
Fire officials said both victims were recovered from the water about 5:15 a.m. It appeared the personal watercraft hit a type of “navigational aid,” such as a utility pole, in the water and the victims were not wearing life jackets.
According to statement on the company's website, Rick Bolduc, executive chair of Red River’s board of directors will serve as acting CEO. Bolduc helped found Red River in 1995 and served as its CEO until February 2017.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected and sudden passing of our Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sessions. The entire Red River family mourns this loss. Jeff led our company with intelligence, humor, integrity and passion," Bolduc said in a statement. "The contributions he made to the transformation of our business cannot be measured. Jeff’s impact on Red River, our people and the communities we serve will forever be felt. On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Jeff’s family.”