50-year-old man washed ashore on the Frisco beach just an hour or so
after he was reported missing from a fishing boat off Hatteras Island
on Monday, Nov. 14.
man was on board the commercial fishing vessel, the Lady Kimberly out
of Beaufort, when he fell overboard while holding a net, according to
Petty Officer Third Class and Public Affairs Specialist Corinne
Silnicki of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard received the call from the Lady Kimberly at around noon and
was the lead agency responding to the incident, although three other
commercial fishing vessels that were in the area joined in the search
of the waters off of Hatteras as well. At the time of the incident, the
winds were blowing southwest at 25 knots, and the seas were an average
of 5 feet high.
to Boone Vandzura, Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Chief Ranger, a
surf fisherman along the beach in Frisco close to the Billy Mitchell
Airport called Dare Central at around 1:08 p.m. to report that a body
was washing ashore about 200 yards west of Ramp 49. The National Park
Service and the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad responded to the scene.
The body was identified as the missing man, and was transferred off the
beach by the Rescue Squad at around 2 p.m.