POLICE: Body found floating along Washington waterfront boat dock

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina police department says a body was found floating near a dock Monday morning.

The City of Washington Director of Police and Fire Services for Stacy Drakeford says officers and fire crews were called around 6:30 a.m. to the city boat docks.

When they arrived, first responders say they found a 54-year-old man in the water. Drakeford says the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tom Marchisello, a dockmaster at Washington Waterfront Docks, says police and fire crews pulled the man’s body from the water around 8:30 a.m.

“His boat is the blue sailboat, blue hull sailboat there, and he had a dingy on board. Now we have not found the dingy, but the body they found,” explained Marchisello. ‘They’re still looking for the dingy, and they’re trying to find out exactly what happened.”

Officials say this is an active investigation and foul play is not suspected.