Last of missing crew found in sunken fishing boat

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Posted: May 23, 2011 6:31 AM
Last of missing crew found in sunken fishing boat

Independent salvage divers have recovered the bodies of the two remaining crew members missing since the fishing vessel Sandy Point sank last week in a collision with a container ship in the Gulf of Mexico off Mississippi's coast.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the crewmen found Sunday as 48-year-old Rhoderick Watkins and 65-year-old Thomas L. Moore. Hargrove tells The Sun Herald both men were found in cabins in the sunken vessel.

The body of the crew's cook, 58-year-old Lindsey Tucker, was found Saturday.

Hargrove says autopsies show all three crew members drowned.

The 163-foot Sandy Point was returning to the Moss Point-based Omega Protein plant when it collided Wednesday evening with the 660-foot Eurus London, a container ship with bananas bound for Texas.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com