Body of towing service captain recovered from Pungo River

By on January 20, 2018

He was found near the mouth of the Pungo River.

The body has been recovered of a missing captain of a towing service boat who disappeared in the Pungo River when the vessel capsized early Thursday during the winter storm.

The Washington Daily News reported the body of the 45-year-old man from Beaufort County was found Friday near where he disappeared when his 21-foot TowBoat U.S. vessel overturned while towing a 45-foot sportfishing boat in high winds, rough seas and heavy snow near the mouth of the Pungo River.

A man aboard the sportfishing boat that was being towed was not injured.

Both vessels drifted across the Pamlico River about two miles south of where the tow boat capsized, according to Chris Newkirk, chief of operations for Beaufort County Fire/Emergency Management.

Authorities have not released the man’s identity pending notification of next of kin.

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