UPDATE: Body of missing fisherman found in Pamlico Sound

Published: Jan. 8, 2020 at 8:56 AM EST
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The body of a missing fisherman has been found after a boat capsized in the Pamlico Sound.

The Hyde County Sheriff's Office says the body of Keyron Davis was recovered and identified around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Sgt. Charles Herina says crews used sonar to find the body at the bottom of the sound.

Davis was one of four people on board a shrimp boat that sank in the Pamlico Sound last Tuesday night.

Captain Floyd Gibbs died at the hospital. Another crew member, Ben Poe, was hospitalized and released. Sammy Douglas is still missing.

The Coast Guard suspended the search last Thursday after agencies searched 1,170 square miles for the boaters. The sheriff's office says they have crews that will continue to look for Douglas if the weather allows for it.


A fundraiser has been set up for the families involved in the shrimp boat accident in the Pamlico Sound where one person has died, two remain missing and a third was rescued.

The boat Papa's Girl sank Tuesday night. Thursday the Coast Guard suspended the search.

Captain Floyd Gibbs died at the hospital. The other crew member rescued, Ben Poe, has been released. The two who remain missing are Sammy Douglas and Keyron Davis.

A family member of Poe's has established a fundraiser on Facebook to help the families raise money to cover funeral costs and medical bills.

If you would like to donate you can click on the related link.


The Coast Guard has made the decision to suspend the search for two fishermen who were on a boat that sank.

Officials say that the Coast Guard and partner agencies searched around 1,170 square miles for Sammy Douglas and Keyron Davis.

“The marine environment is a dangerous place to work because of the cold water, rough seas and high winds,” said Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District. “At this point, we’ve decided to suspend further search efforts for the two missing mariners, pending further information. Our thoughts are with the families and we are very grateful to the master of the vessel, whose EPIRB saved the life of the survivor.”


Coast Guard crews continue to search for two fishermen who have not been seen since their boat capsized Tuesday night.

Officials say two of the four crew members aboard the boat Papa's Girl were pulled from the water.

Captain Floyd Gibbs died at the hospital. The other crew member, Ben Poe, has been released.

Family members say Sammy Douglas and Keyron Davis are the two men still missing. Multiple search crews have been looking for them through the night by air and boat.

A second lifeboat crew was sent out overnight to assist in the search.

The boat was a few miles from home when it capsized because of strong winds.

Anyone boating in the area is asked to keep an eye out for any signs of the missing boaters.


The Coast Guard has provided more information about a boat sinking that killed one and has left two missing.

Officials say that they received a distress signal Tuesday night from the boat "Papa's Girl" in the Pamlico Sound.

A lifeboat crew from Hatteras Inlet and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter responded and found two of the four crewmembers.

Family and community members tell us the two that were found are Captain Floyd Gibbs and Benjamin Poe. Both were taken to Sentara Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City where Gibbs, who friends call FG, was pronounced dead.

The hospital confirms that Gibbs died, while Poe has since been released.

Family members say the two missing fishermen are Sammy Douglas and Keyron Davis.

Crews continued to search at first light Wednesday for them.

“This is a rough case and as we continue to search, our thoughts are with the families of the mariners,” said Matthew Brooks, search and rescue coordinator for the case. “We’re grateful for the EPIRB that was activated during the case, which enabled us to get resources on-scene as quickly as possible. A properly registered EPIRB is a vital and highly-recommended piece of equipment for mariners to have on their vessels.”


The Coast Guard confirms that one person is dead and two others missing after a shrimp trawler sank in the Pamlico Sound last night.

Earlier, a Hyde County official said the people on board were missing.

The boat went down near Engelhard between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

A Hyde County spokesman says any further information will have to come from the Coast Guard.

At this time, it is unclear how the boat sunk.

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