SHERIFF: Pamlico County fisherman dies while operating heavy machinery

SHERIFF: Pamlico County fisherman dies while operating heavy machinery
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 8:51 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 9:54 AM EDT
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PAMLICO COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -Officials say a fisherman in Pamlico County died Saturday while operating heavy machinery at a fish market in Pamlico County.

Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis said William Smith of Bayboro died Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. while operating a forklift to move items from boat to boat at R.E. Mayo Seafood in Hobucken.

The 35-year-old was a commercial fisherman employed by the fish market.

The business honored Smith with a post on social media Monday.

Officials say he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is under investigation.

Davis said the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating as this is a maritime accident.

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