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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  • by brittany leggett Location: bear grass on May 2, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    well there are so many things you can say bout william! he was a great guy to alot of people. i just wish god would have let him stay here on earth with us. He never got to live his life with the people he loves! im one of william ex gf but i still love him and always will. god is geart and he is here for anyone! he would never take anyones life unless if its there time! lil william hunny im telling u now! wait for all of us we will meet again soon! im heartbroken to say. i wish with everthing i have i never let you go. but now you know i did love you. i here for your family a 100% and im standing storng for you and them. this message is from your sweetie <3brittany niocle leggett<3
  • by brittany leggett Location: bear grass on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    Well i have to say william as a great guy. i could never stop askin myself why did you let him go for? its just so much pain now i wish he was back here with us so bad. when i first find out he was missing i didnt know what to do but cry and pray he was ok. then i got the news he was gone i could belive it. gods i ask god why did you take him why???? william i love u wit all my heat i have always.
  • by sister of a fisherman Location: Pamlico Beach on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    God bless Lil William for being so brave! My heart goes out to his family at this hard time!
  • by HEARTBROKEN on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    I never knew my heart could literally hurt until now, I still can't believe you are gone! I feel like i'm in a nightmare. You were such a good person, i'm going to miss you so much. I'm gonna miss your voice, your unexpected calls and text messages, all the good times and man, did we have some good ones together. I still remember the day I met you and then you tracked down my phone number and we been very close ever since, together or not. It's so hard knowing that your not a phone call or message away. I just want you to know that I have always loved you and you will always have a piece of my heart. Thank you for the wonderful memories, I will cherish them forever. I also want you to know that you will always be my HERO! You will be very missed and never forgotten. I LOVE YOU! R.I.P. CAPTAIN WILLIAM MAJOR FOSTER JR. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND THE LAST WORDS YOU SAID TO ME A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE YOU WERE GONE!
  • by Praying for Location: ENC on Mar 14, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Rest in peace William...
  • by ReAnne Location: Washington on Mar 14, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    Sorry for your loss.
  • by SAD Location: BATH on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    TO HIS MOM DAD HE LOVED YALL SO MUCH GOD BLESS YALL
  • by me Location: bath on Mar 14, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    to just wonderingreadthestory and you will no11111111111
  • by Allen Foster Location: Greenville on Mar 14, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    I'm very sorry to hear that William was not found alive. Fishing is a very dangerous job, and the Pamlico Sound has claimed the lives of many from the Pamlico Beach area. The fact that family members were given tickets for searching for a loved one is idiotic. Especialy considering that the Coast Guard had given up their search. Though it's been 10 years since I moved away, PB will always be home. And it's people are some of the finest I will ever know.
  • by just wondering on Mar 14, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    Does anyone know about funeral arrangement for this young man?
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