Investigation continues after death on commercial fishing boat


BEAUFORT, Carteret County - An official with the U.S. Coast Guard said a boat currently docked in Beaufort returned with a crew member who had died.

According to several posts on Facebook, family and friends identified the fisherman as Wesley Vanhook of Bayboro. The Coast Guard said they got a call around 9:15 Sunday that one of the crew members aboard the Little Jesse had received a head injury.

Coast Guard Sector NC launched a cutter, which escorted the 75-foot vessel to the Beaufort Inlet. Three EMS from Carteret County as well as Carteret County Sheriff's deputies took over. Vanhook was pronounced dead on arrival at 2 a.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard is not releasing further details on the incident and are still investigating. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

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