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.
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.
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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