A shrimp boat sank in the Pamlico Sound and one person died of hypothermia

The "jug handle" bridge proposed for Rodanthe would land at about this spot along the Pamlico Sound shoreline where hang gliders like to skim along the water.

One person is dead and two others are missing after a shrimp boat sank Tuesday night in the Pamlico Sound.

Papa’s Girl, a 47-foot-vessel, was operating in the sound when it sank, said petty officer Steve Lehmann, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.

One crew member was pulled from a life raft and is being treated for hypothermia at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, he said. Another person pulled from the water died later of hypothermia while at the hospital, he said.

The Coast Guard and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are still searching for two other crew members, he said.

Papa’s Girl is a boat built in 1975 based in Englehard, according to a vessel database. Engelhard in Hyde County is a hub for shrimp fishing vessels.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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