Body of fisherman who disappeared in January found

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SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (AP) The body of a second fisherman who disappeared after their boat capsized on the North Carolina coast has been recovered.

News sources report the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office says the body of Sammy Douglas was recovered on Tuesday after it was discovered by an N.C. Department of Transportation ferry.

Douglas was one of four people on board a shrimp boat that sank in the Pamlico Sound on the night of January 7.

Authorities said boat captain Floyd Gibbs died at the hospital, while crew member Ben Poe was treated for hypothermia at the hospital and released.

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SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (WAVY) – The body of one of two missing boaters whose boat sank in the area of the Pamlico Sound has been found.

According to Sgt. Charles Herina with the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office, the body of Keyron Davis was recovered Friday morning.

Davis went missing after the boat he was in sank on the night of January 7 around the Pamlico Sound.

The Coast Guard received a distress signal from the fishing vessel Papa’s Girl.

Responding crews pulled two other boaters from the water that night.

Those crew members, Ben Poe and Floyd Gibbs were rushed to emergency care, however, Gibbs died at the hospital due to hypothermia.

The Hyde County Sheriff’s office is still searching for Sammy Douglas, another crew member from the sunken fishing vessel.

The Coast Guard suspended its search the day after the vessel sank.

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SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (WNCT) The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday afternoon for two mariners who were reported missing after the commercial fishing vessel Papa’s Girl capsized in the vicinity of the Pamlico Sound.

At the beginning of the search, two of the four mariners on board were rescued, and one was later pronounced dead at Albemarle Hospital.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched approximately 1,170 square miles.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet
  • Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • North Carolina Marine Patrol

Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District said, ” The marine environment is a dangerous place to work because of the cold water, rough seas, and high winds. At this point, we’ve decided to suspend further search efforts for the two missing mariners, pending further information. Our thoughts are with the families and we are very grateful to the master of the vessel, whose EPIRB saved the life of the survivor.” 

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SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (WNCT) The Coast Guard continues to search through Wednesday night for two missing mariners whose vessel capsized in the vicinity of the Pamlico Sound, Tuesday night.

Wednesday afternoon, the Coast guard launched an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City to conduct search patterns for the two missing mariners.

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SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (WNCT) — The Coast Guard pulled two mariners from the water after their vessel sank on Tuesday night, and is currently searching for the other two crewmembers in Pamlico Sound Wednesday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center received a distress signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to fishing vessel Papa’s Girl. 

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were launched to respond.

Once on scene, the aircrew located two of the four crewmembers, identified as Captain Floyd Gibbs and Benjamin Poe, and transferred them to Sentara Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City for further medical care.

Both mariners rescued were hypothermic and Gibbs required CPR, who was later pronounced dead by hospital personnel.

Poe survived and is home now from the hospital.

A first light search was conducted Wednesday morning by Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aircrew members with negative results.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Hatteras Inlet, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and a good Samaritan vessel by the name of Aubrey Niel, are continuing to search.

Officials are still searching for Sammy Douglas and Keyron Davis.

“This is a rough case and as we continue to search, our thoughts are with the families of the mariners,” said Matthew Brooks, search and rescue coordinator for the case. “We’re grateful for the EPIRB that was activated during the case, which enabled us to get resources on-scene as quickly as possible. A properly registered EPIRB is a vital and highly-recommended piece of equipment for mariners to have on their vessels.”

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