Body believed to be that of missing boater recovered from Edenton Bay


From staff reports

Monday, November 19, 2018

EDENTON — A body believed to be that of a man who disappeared while fishing in Edenton Bay on Saturday has been recovered.

The body was recovered at the mouth of the bay around sunset on Sunday, Chowan Emergency Management Coordinator Cord Palmer said.

The body has not been identified and the missing man’s identity was not released.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release Sunday, however, that the body matched the description of an 83-year-old man whose wife notified the agency Saturday that her husband had failed to return from a fishing trip in his 21-foot pontoon boat.

Coast Guard boat crews searched for the man throughout Saturday night, finding his boat and fishing gear shortly after beginning their search. Coast Guard helicopter crews resumed their search Sunday morning, ending it about 4:30 p.m. when the man’s body was found.

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “We would also like to thank our partner agencies for assisting us throughout this search.”

Assisting the Coast Guard were officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Chowan Sheriff’s Office, and officials with the emergency management agencies in Chowan and Hertford counties.