Fisherman killed in boat collision
By William F. West
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
An Elizabeth City man died Sunday after the fishing boat in which he was a passenger collided with another boat on the Little River, authorities said Monday.
Franklin Forbes, 53, was killed in the boat collision near the Halls Creek ramp, where the Little River and the mouth of Halls Creek meet, N.C. Wildlife Resources Lt. Mark Rich said.
According to Rich, Forbes was in a fishing boat headed south on the Little River when it collided with a boat headed north. No one else but Forbes and the two drivers were in the boats, Rich said.
Rich said he received a call about the collision at 12:17 p.m. Sunday. Forbes’ body was ashore and the two boats were at the Halls Creek ramp when he and three other wildlife officers arrived.
Because the boats had been moved from where the collision occurred, wildlife officers are having to recreate what happened from the boat drivers’ statements, Rich said.
Citing the investigation, he declined to release the names of the boats’ drivers.
Rich said Monday no charges have been filed in the incident.
The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office also responded to the call, but referred questions to N.C. Wildlife Resources.
The Little River separates Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The river slowly begins widening in the Woodville area and heads southwest past the Nixonton area before emptying into the Albemarle Sound.