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Officials recover body of one of two missing fishermen in Pamlico Sound

Posted January 14, 2020 4:21 p.m. EST
Updated January 14, 2020 4:23 p.m. EST

The view from onboard the Oceania research vessel on the Baltic Sea on Nov. 20, 2019. The Baltic is one of the most polluted seas in the world. (Andrea Mantovani/The New York Times)

— The body of one of two missing fishermen was found after a boat capsized in the Pamlico Sound.

The Hyde County Sheriff's Office told WITN.com the body of Keyron Davis was recovered and identified around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Sgt. Charles Herina says crews used sonar to find the body at the bottom of the sound.

The Coast Guard on Jan. 9 suspended its search for the two people.

The Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center received a distress signal on Jan. 7 from an emergency position-indicating radio beacon registered to fishing vessel Papa’s Girl. Two of the four crew members were pulled from the water by Coast Guard rescue crews and were taken by helicopter to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City. One of them, captain Floyd Gibbs, later died.

The Coast Guard, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the North Carolina Marine Patrol searched approximately 1,170 square miles for the other two crew members, authorities said, before Friday's discovery.

Fishing boats and other personnel continue to search for Sammy Douglas, the lone missing fisherman.

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