Coast Guard responds to overboard crabber in Albemarle Sound

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a missing 31-year-old crabber who fell overboard from a fishing vessel about 2 miles south of Frog Island in Albemarle Sound.

The crew of the fishing vessel contacted the Coast Guard at 9:10 a.m. via VHF radio channel 16 reporting their crewmember had fallen into the water from crab pots on the boat.

The operator of the vessel immediately stopped and anchored, but did not see the person surface. He was not wearing a life jacket, and reportedly was unable to swim.

A helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and a rescue boat crew from Station Elizabeth City are searching for the man.

“The Coast Guard is working closely with Camden County police department and a Pasquotank County emergency management coordinator to find the fisherman,” said Lt. j.g. Scott Hembrook, public affairs officer at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “We also want to remind boaters to always wear life jackets – they drastically increase the chances of survival if something goes wrong.”

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