1 fisherman dead, 1 in hospital after boat capsizes on Broad River

achristnovich@islandpacket.comDecember 26, 2012 

A Beaufort fisherman is dead and a second is hospitalized for treatment of hypothermia after their 19-foot skiff capsized on the Broad River on Wednesday afternoon.

The men were fishing for oysters near Corn Island when the boat capsized, the surviving fisherman told Beaufort Water Search & Rescue officials.

The men stayed atop the capsized boat for a time before one of them tried to swim to shore. He did not make it.

The identities of the two men were unavailable late Wednesday night. The men were employed by Sea Eagle, a Beaufort seafood market, according to Robin Clevinger of search & rescue. Sea Eagle reported the men missing at 6:30 p.m. after they did not return at 5 p.m. as scheduled.

The surviving fisherman was rescued around 7:15 p.m. Clevinger said.

The body of the dead man was located by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter around 11:10 p.m. Officials were working to recover it from the water.

Both men were wearing life jackets, officials said.

Gale warning remained in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday with wind gusts reaching 35 to 40 knots and seas of 6 to 9 feet.

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