Funeral For Fisherman Monday

A fisherman whose boat capsized last week will be laid to rest Monday.

The funeral service for William Foster is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at Hillside Funeral Service in Washington.

Foster's body was found Friday by his uncle in the Pamlico Sound. His boat capsized on Tuesday.


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The family of a missing fisherman says they found his body Friday afternoon in the Pamlico Sound.

Vicky Foster, William Foster's mother, says the man's uncle found his body.

Foster and his fishing partner, Matt Jameson, were on their 27-foot boat Tuesday evening when it capsized. Jameson was found the next morning, sitting on top of the overturned boat.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday evening, but the family continued looking for the man.

Jameson remains in CarolinaEast Medical Center.


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A Beaufort County fisherman, rescued Wednesday morning after an oyster boat capsized in the Pamlico Sound, remains in a New Bern hospital today.

Matt Jameson is in good condition at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Meanwhile the family of William Foster says they are waiting to see what the weather does before deciding to continue a search for him today. Foster dove under the capsized boat Tuesday evening for life preservers and never resurfaced.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for Foster late Wednesday afternoon.

Both men are from Pamlico Beach.


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Late Wednesday afternoon the U.S Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing Beaufort County fisherman, less than ten hours after another fisherman was found alive.

22-year-old William Foster has been missing since the 27-foot boat Harvest Time capsized Tuesday evening in the Pamlico Sound.

This morning a passing boat discovered Matt Jameson sitting on the hull of the boat. The 23-year-old is recovering in a New Bern hospital.

The two fishermen are from Pamlico Beach.

The Coast Guard says it was a difficult decision to suspend the search for Foster, who dove under the capsized boat to retrieve life preservers and never returned.

The Coast Guard says unless there are new developments they will not be out tomorrow.

Right at 5:00 p.m. crews towed in Harvest Time to Pamlico Beach, where family and friends had gathered on the dock.


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The U.S. Coast Guard says one of the two missing fisherman has been found alive in the Pamlico Sound.

They say 23-year-old Matt Jameson was found near Maw Point with the missing boat, Harvest Time. The Coast Guard is still searching for 22-year-old William Foster.

Jameson was flown to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern to be checked out. He was found sitting on the 27-foot long boat which had flipped over.

The Coast Guard says the Harvest Time capsized around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

A passing boat, Island Girl, found the capsized around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday and rescued Jameson. Jameson said Foster dove under the capsized boat to retrieve life jackets and did not resurface.

The father of Foster reported him missing, along with Jameson. Lt. Kevin Sullivan with the Coast Guard says the two were reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they two did not show up at Wright's Creek on the Pungo River as expected.

The two are from Pamlico Beach in Beaufort County.

Lt. Sullivan says the Sidney Dive Team searched underneath the boat today, but found no sign of Foster. They are continuing to search the area this afternoon. He says the boat was found in vicinity of the Neuse River junction buoy, that's near the southwest corner of Pamlico Sound, where the Neuse River and Bay River open into the sound.

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City and a 24-foot rescue boat crew from Station Hobucken were sent Tuesday evening and continue to search today.


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Two fishermen from Beaufort County are the focus of a search at this hour after they disappeared while oystering in the Pamlico Sound.

The father of 22-year-old William Foster reported him missing, along with 20-year-old Matt Jamerson. Lt. Kevin Sullivan with the Coast Guard says the two were reported missing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they two did not show up at Wright's Creek on the Pungo River as expected.

The two are from Pamlico Beach in Beaufort County.

The Coast Guard says Foster and Jamerson were last seen around 1 p.m. Tuesday and were last heard from around 2 p.m.

A helicopter from the Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City has been searching the Pamlico Sound for the missing men overnight. The Bath Fire Department is also assisting in the search.

Lt. Sullivan says the search is taking place in two separate areas. Crews are focusing on where the two were last seen and heard from, which is at the Neuse River Junction Buoy, which is where the Neuse River, the Bay River and the western end of the Pamlico Sound all meet. The other focus of the search is Wright's Creek on the Pungo River, which is where the Harvest Time is based.

Having two separate search areas complicates the search planning and makes resource management more difficult, Sullivan said. "We're using everything we can and doing everything we can to find the two missing fisherman." Currently, a helicopter is looking in the Pamlico Sound, while boats are searching the Neuse River Junction Buoy area.

Sullivan says crews thoroughly searched the narrow channel of the Intracoastal Waterway overnight. Sullivan says if Foster and Jamerson were on the ICW, crews likely would have found them by now. Additionally, the conditions in the water last night would have pushed the men towards land.

Sullivan says weather conditions for searching Tuesday night were "not great," saying a little wind and humidity hampered the helicopter crews as they used night vision goggles, looking for the men.

Meteorologist Jim Howard says conditions the Pamlico Sound Tuesday showed nothing out the ordinary, especially for fishermen who were used to fishing that area. Observations showed wave height at about two feet Tuesday. Winds were out of the northeast at about 10 knots.


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