SNEADS FERRY, Onslow County — A beloved local shrimper lost his life earlier this week. His death raises the issues local fishermen face in doing their job.
Timothy Frank, know as Timmy to his family and friends, is described as a wonderful man. He loved his family and his job, one where he always placed safety at the forefront of his mind in a dangerous profession. Last Sunday evening, as Frank's day was coming to a close, he was killed while doing his job.
Friend and co-worker Bille Sanderford said fishing can be dangerous occupation.
"Sharks, Portuguese Man-of-war, the weather issues, our inlets, you go into unnatural waters," Sanderford said. "You hear about it all the time. It's a very dangerous profession, it's not for the income."
Sanford said Frank was one of the best fishermen he knows, both on and off the boat. He said he was a man of integrity and a integral part of the community. The BP in Sneads Ferry said they are collecting donations for funeral expenses for the Frank Family. His funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. in Holly Ridge.