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Body of missing Benson boater found

Posted May 1, 2011

— The body of a 25-year-old Benson man who went missing while fishing near Sneads Ferry last week was found Sunday, Onslow County officials said.

Sheriff's officials said the body of Joshua Hughes was found on the shore a couple of miles from where he fell in the water near the New River Inlet April 22.

Hughes was fishing for flounder with a friend when rough waters tipped their boat. The other man, whose name was not released, was able to cut a buoy loose to float to shore and call 911. Hughes disappeared in the water.

Neither man was wearing a life vest.


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  • sidecutter May 2, 2011

    my son refuses to wear a vest when he boats. it's "uncool". maybe he will see this article and take note.

  • knockitoff May 2, 2011

    4 words... Wear a LIFE vest!!

  • pebbles262004 May 2, 2011

    praying for his family..so sorry for their loss

  • robinson66 May 2, 2011

    RIP..God be with this mans family.