UPDATE: Body Found Floating In Water

Beaufort police have ruled the death of a man found floating in the water on Friday as an accidental drowning.

A passerby spotted the body of 46-year-old Rusty Sage floating near the town docks.

Police say Sage and another man were piloting a boat from New Jersey to Florida and they had docked in Beaufort.


Original Story

A body was found this morning on the waterfront in Beaufort.

A passerby alerted police shortly after 7:00 a.m. Friday after spotting the body floating in the water near the town docks on Front Street.

Beaufort police say they have identified the dead man as 46-year-old Rusty Sage of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Investigators say Sage and another man were piloting a boat from New Jersey to Florida and they had docked in Beaufort.

“There are no apparent signs of foul play, however, until an autopsy is performed and until Detective Edwards has concluded the case we are treating the case as suspicious,” says Chief Steve Lewis

The man's body is being sent to the medical examiner to determine how he died.


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  • by amber Location: cape may nj on Dec 1, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    he always loved the water and trying to get the big one on his fishing trips I will miss my rusty and my pup harry he was the only one i could really talk to about everything and was always there even when we would have our falling outs... i will miss you and running around for u in cape may and washing the boats... love u always... Amber...ur baby girl... my regards to his daughter and family and harry.. to his daughter your dad was a good guy and talked bout u all the time.. he loved u alot..
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville, NC on Nov 24, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    I saw this and hated the situation for the family and friends. A good man just cruising the seas for a little fun. My prayers go out to those that knew him.
  • by chris Location: south jersey on Nov 23, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    I will miss you forever. You were my best friend and there will never be anyone like you. I am empty inside and that space will never be filled. See you on the other side of the canyons my friend. Crisspy Critter
  • by Kirk Location: Levittown on Nov 22, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    what a good guy, lots of friends, loved the water.....
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