Coast Guard

Pictured is a graphic depicting the approximately 1,350 square miles of combined search patterns conducted by Coast Guard assets in search of two missing mariners, Jan. 9, 2019, in Palimico Sound, North Carolina. The two mariners were reported missing after the commercial fishing vessel Papa’s Girl capsized in the vicinity of the Pamlico Sound.

BAYBORO, N.C. (AP) — One person is dead and two people are missing after a fishing vessel sank on the North Carolina coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that personnel at its Fifth District command center received a distress signal on Tuesday night indicating a radio beacon registered to the fishing vessel.

A lifeboat crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, and a helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Once they arrived, the aircrew located two of the four crew members and transferred them to a nearby hospital for additional treatment. Both mariners rescued were described as hypothermic. One of them required CPR, and the Coast Guard said that person was pronounced dead by hospital personnel. The identity of the dead mariners hasn't officially been released.

The search for the other two mariners resumed on Wednesday with an air crew from the Elizabeth City station. A 47-foot lifeboat crew from the Hatteras Inlet station, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and a good Samaritan vessel, joined the search.

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