Two Men Rescued After Shrimp Boat Overturns

Two men are okay after spending hours in the Pamlico Sound, clinging to their overturned shrimp boat.

The Coast Guard says they received an emergency beacon alert Sunday night from the 34-foot Claudia Jean.

A rescue helicopter from Elizabeth City began a search, at one point locating coolers from the boat floating in the water.

The search continued and the helicopter crew found the two clinging to the hull near Great Island. They were flown to Elizabeth City in good condition.


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  • by To anonymous on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    Sure hope your not assuming that these two men were not "respecting the water" or "watching what they are doing"? I hope you are never put in this position, but if you are, I sure hope no one posts a comment like that!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    The fact is you must respect the water and watch what you are doing.
  • by Mrs. Swan Quarter Location: Swan Quarter on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    Have you ever thought that some people are not water savvy? Many people do not grow up around water except for what is in their bathtub. A very legitimate question was given a very sassy response. To ?? in Greenville - the bottom line is water is more powerful than people think. Every time a fisherman leaves the dock, he knows he is taking a huge risk just like airplane pilots, electrical maintenance personnel, and the like. Fishermen need to be commended for their dedication to the craft.
  • by Miss Swan Quarter Location: Swan Quarter on Jul 14, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    Anyone who has to ask how does a boat sink in the Pamlico Sound has never been out there during a storm. The sound gets twice as sloppy as the ocean during select times. Wave lengths are shorter giving you shorter spaced more intense waves. Shoals exist in the Pamlico just like the ocean. The captain of that boat has 40 years at the helm.
  • by ?? Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    Glad they are okay, but how does a 34 footer overturn in the Pamlico???
  • by Curious Location: NC on Jul 13, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    To "To Curious": As I stated earlier, it would be nice to know. Since WITN loves to report bad news, why can't they report good news? If the family had not wanted the public to know, WITN would have stated that. Congratulations to the Cahoon and Nunez families! Lyle and Claudia's beautiful daughters and grandchildren will have an extra special Thanksgiving this year. Many thanks to the Coast Guard! You are the guardian angels of the sea.
  • by friend Location: swan quater on Jul 13, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    thank good they are ok they make boats every day ----won't never be another lyle---just gald everyone is back home and safe
  • by Carma Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Thank GOD you both were alright!!!. It must have been the worst nightmare during all those hours for both of you and also for your families and friends waiting for your safe return. Ya'll were definitely in God's hands. Love ya'll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Sue (Jones) Harper Location: Bath on Jul 13, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    Praise the Lord !!! So thankful Lyle and Eddie are ok. It is a dangerous job. God Bless the Coast Guard too! Sissy Babe, I know U were in a mess, huh? I know there lots of people praying for them.
  • by Karen Location: Greensboro on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    "Shrimpin is TOUGH".....glad all are okay, god bless the coast guard!!!
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