Body Of Missing Crabber Identified

The Medical Examiner says the man pulled from the Albemarle Sound Thursday is the missing crabber at the center of a Coast Guard search last week. That's according to the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City.

Witnesses told the Coast Guard that Lai Troung fell overboard while trying to retrieve a crab pot last Tuesday. The paper says a fisherman found a body Thursday, which has now been confirmed as Troung.



Previous Story:
The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing fisherman who fell overboard while crabbing in the Albemarle Sound Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses told the Coast Guard that Lai Troung fell overboard while trying to retrieve a crab pot. Troung reportedly submerged and never resurfaced.

It happened about two miles south of Frog Island.

The captain of the crab boat tried to recover Troung but was unsuccessful and then notified the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard says its search covered 300 square nautical miles.


Original Story

The U.S. Coast Guard is helping in the search for a missing fisherman in the Albemarle Sound.

A helicopter and rescue boat from Elizabeth City are looking for the 31-year-old crabber who fell overboard about two miles south of Frog Island. The call came in around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The crew reported the crabber had fallen into the water from crab pots on the boat. The man was not wearing a life jacket and reportedly can not swim.

"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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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 5, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Folks all this swim or not swim is beside the point. A man died, may God bless he and his loved ones. God bless.
  • by 5696 on Aug 5, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    Its very sad. Prayers to the family.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Regardless of ones ability to swim, things happen and people that can swim do drown. Should we make everyone that gets on the water wear a life vest, I think not considering where do we draw the line between protection and becoming a state/country full of laws that we must follow. Common sense should tell you to wear a life vest, but then again life is not always by the book and we must stray from what most would consider common practise. My thoughts and prayers are with the family,friends, and co-workers of this gentleman.
  • by want to know Location: beaufort Co. on Jul 29, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    should crabbers be made to wear life vest of some kind
  • by kingfisher Location: pamlico river on Jul 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    its not if you can swin or not we dont know what happen. but i will tell you this I know of crabbers who can swim and still didnt make it .I lost a man off of my boat onetime who was a great swimmer and we found him 3 days later.its just a sad thing that happens.prayers to the famliy
  • by to what in bath Location: me in belhaven on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    i grew up on boats... and i can't swim. but i always wear a life vest.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 at 12:32 AM
    i know of alot of crabbers who cant swim, sadly.
  • by what Location: bath on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:25 PM
    a crabber that cant swim? thats like a bird who cant fly
  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    where is the crabber from??
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