Body Of Ill-Fated Boat Owner Found On Outer Banks

A body that washed ashore at a North Carolina wildlife refuge over the weekend has been identified as the owner of a fishing boat that sank off the New Jersey coast on Nov. 11.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the body of Kenneth Rose Sr. was found Saturday on the beach at the north end of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge by a visitor collecting seashells.

Rose was one of three crew members on board the Sea Tractor when it sank in bad weather off Cape May. Also aboard were his 49-year-old son Kenneth Jr. and 55-year-old crew member Larry Forrest. They have not been found.

A life raft from the Sea Tractor had washed up at the wildlife refuge several days before Rose's body was found.

There is a current, called the Labrador current, that runs south along the Atlantic Seaboard.

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  • by dayquon Location: pylmouth on Nov 25, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    why call the man ill an fat he dead now he family got enogh greef i think it best to be kind when deth come i hope htey blest and comfirted god blest dayquon
  • by wags Location: Morehead City on Nov 25, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    Amazing that he floated home from NJ in a few days, and it took that bottle 24 years. RIP, condolonces to the family.
  • by Thunder Location: SC on Nov 25, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    Ironic, the Rose family are originally from NC. God was just bringing him back home. I feel sad for the family, hopefully the other two guys will be found soon too.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 24, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    I have never met or know Kenneth Rose Sr , my condolances to the family ,friends and loved ones. May you find peace from your loss someday.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    Go research Labrador current, it runs south inside of the gulfstream close to the beach, then you will know why the body came down. Also bring big fish down from the north this time of year...
  • by ANOM on Nov 24, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    We have had winds out of the North, Northeast for several days (week). That is a possibility. Although currents are moving in diff. directtion objects floating on surface are succeptable to wind direction.
  • by Dianne Location: NENC on Nov 24, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Kind of ironic that he sank off of NJ and his body made it all the way back to NC. Glad the family can now have closure.
  • by ME again Location: here it is on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    "A body that washed ashore at a North Carolina wildlife refuge over the weekend has been identified as the owner of a fishing boat that sank off the New Jersey coast on Nov. 11." There is the quote, is this really where it sank??
  • by What the??? Location: here on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    The boat sank off New Jersey and the body was off the coast in NC????? The ocean current generally does not run south, maybe for a few days depending on the wind direction, but the body to end up back down here is very very strange???Anyone desire to provide a explanation????
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