Body Of Missing Fisherman Found

The body of the 25-year-old fisherman that went missing Friday night, April 22nd at Sneads Ferry has been found.

According to officials the body was located Sunday just before noon on the shore line a couple miles away from the area he went in at.

Officials previously identified the missing fisherman as Josh Hughes of Johnston County.

Hughes went missing in the water after he was fishing with another man and their boat was swamped by a wave. The other man was able to get ashore and call 911, Hughes hadn't been seen since.

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Officials have released the name of the fisherman who went missing in the waters near Sneads Ferry Friday.

25-year-old Josh Hughes of Benson in Johnston County has not been seen since boating in Onslow County Friday night, according to the Jacksonville Daily News.

The search for Hughes has been called off, but officials will continue to monitor the waters for any sign of him.

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Officials say the search for a fisherman who is missing in waters near Sneads Ferry is now a recovery effort.

Beth Himes with Onslow County Emergency Services said several agencies have been searching for the man since last night when the 911 call came in at 10:48 p.m.

Himes said, two men were fishing Friday evening when their boat was swamped by a wave. Both men then jumped out of the boat. One man was able to reach a buoy barrel, but lost sight of the other man in the water. The man who reached the buoy, cut the rope holding it in place and floated to shore. He then was able to reach a phone and called 911. Neither man was wearing a life jacket when they exited the boat.

North Topsail Beach Fire Department is currently in command of the recovery efforts. They are being assisted by the Jacksonville Rescue Squad, N.C. Wildlife, the Onslow County Sheriffs Department, the Coast Guard and Sneads Ferry Rescue.

Crews will continue to search for the missing man until dusk. They will resume their search Sunday morning if they do not find him.

Neither man has been identified, but Himes says both men are from the Benson area.

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