Former Fire Chief Found Dead In Submerged Vehicle At Jarrett Bay

A former fire chief's body was found inside a submerged vehicle that was pulled from Jarretts Bay today.

Carteret County Sheriff's Captain Jason Wank says workers at Jarrett Bay Boatworks spotted the sports utility vehicle upside down in the water around 10:30 a.m. It was seen near a ramp they use to launch large boats.

Michael Tatum is the former fire chief and active member of the Davis Fire Department. The 52-year-old man's body was pulled out of the vehicle this morning after it was recovered from the water.

A news release says Tatum was currently captain of the Cape Lookout Ferry Service and arrived there late Wednesday night to pick up personnel who were bringing the ferry to Jarrett Bay.

Deputies say the ferry was being transported for its yearly inspection before it was going to be put in operation for the season next week.

Wank says they do not suspect foul play and believe the death was an accident. An autopsy will be performed on Tatum's body.

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Carteret County deputies are at the scene of a vehicle in the water.

Captain Jason Wank says they have deputies at Jarrett Bay Marina where the vehicle is in the water.

Wank says they do not yet know whether anyone is still inside the vehicle or not.

The marina is off Highway 101, across from Parker Boats.

Stay with WITN News and for more on this developing story.

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