Search Suspended For Boaters From Carteret County

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for three commercial fishermen missing since their boat went down 20 miles off the Cape May coast in N.J.

Boats, planes and helicopters searched the storm-tossed ocean for 19 hours before halting just after 5 p.m. Thursday. A spokeswoman says there are no plans to resume searching Friday morning, when weather conditions are expected to be even worse.

Forty-nine-year-old Kenneth Rose Jr., the captain of the Sea Tractor; his 75-year-old father, Kenneth Sr., both from Newport, and 55-year-old crew member Larry Forrest were aboard the 44-foot fishing boat Wednesday night.

Their presumed deaths bring the toll of Cape May commercial fishermen so far this year to nine. The Lady Mary sank in March, killing six. Several of those crew members were also from eastern Carolina.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:03 PM
    THESE TWO MEN WILL BE MISSED. I AM FROM BROAD CREEK.KENNY JR WAS GOLD AS GOLD, AND OLE MAN KENNY LOVED TO PLAY POOL AND ENJOYED MUD RACES. THEY WILL BE MISSED.
  • by TJ Location: NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    It is a shame these men lost their life. The real shame is that it should have never happened. I am from Carteret County and I grew up in a commerical fishing family as well. I can tell you from experience that working on the water is a hard job for a young man in calm waters. So needless to say, its even harder for 3 older men (one that was way too old to be out there) in some of the most treacherous waters on the east coast in a 44 ft boat. I have not said these things to be heartless or calus, but rather that others learn from such a horrible tradgedy. I truly am sorry for the families of these men because I have lost a family members and friends to commerical fishing in Core Sound and off the Beaufort Bar. May God heal your hearts and comfort your souls as you mourn.
  • by Hilary Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I wonder if the Coast Guard inspects commercial fishing boats , and crew before they leave port? My condolances to the family.
  • by Linda Location: Greenville on Nov 13, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    They are the brother and nephew of my aunt. This is such an unspeakable tragedy. Angus: Your comment does not help; hindsight is 20/20. Please pray for this family!
  • by Debbie Location: Arapahoe, NC on Nov 13, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    I am a Carteret County Native that comes from a family of commercial fishermen. I knew Kenny Jr. he is a great person, always friendly, joking, and happy. My prayers are with the men missing and especially with their families.
  • by Kim Location: Beaufort on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    My thoughts are with their family- Coming from a family of commercial fishermen, this is always a fear that stays in the back of your mind. Bless this family and give them strength to get through this difficult time.
  • by Angus Location: NC on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    I have been out at sea. With a storm like this stay or get back to port.
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