Update: Pamlico Sound search continues, one pronounced dead

By on January 8, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard continued its search Wednesday morning for two missing crewmembers of a commercial fishing vessel that sank in the Pamlico Sound on Jan. 7 after sending a distress call out from its emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) around 7 p.m.

The Coast Guard was able to locate and rescue two of the crew members of the 43-foot vessel Papa’s Girl, out of Engelhard. Both were treated for hypothermia and transferred to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center for further medical care. One of the victims required CPR and was later pronounced dead by hospital personnel.

According to a Coast Guard press release, 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 responded. A first light search was conducted Wednesday morning with no results. 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 for the missing mariners.

“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. Brooks, in the press release, stressed the importance of the EPIRB.

“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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