Couple recover after fishing boat sinks in Shem Creek causes fuel spill

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – It was a rough morning for a young couple and after their commercial fishing boat sank in Shem Creek in the early hours of the morning, spilling approximately 100 gallons of fuel into the creek as it his descent.

“We woke up this morning, went down to check the boat as usual,” said one of the boat’s owners. But things were anything but normal. Their source of income had disappeared.

“It’s a breadwinner… It was going to put food on our table.”

“I have an upset daughter, but we are trying to keep our composure and composure,” the boat owner said. “Keep faith in the Lord.”

“It’s a lot of hard work, but you know what, it’s just one more step,” says one of the owners. “We just have to keep our cool. It’s just a big old bump in the road, one foot in front of the other and keep going. That’s just the life of a commercial fisherman.

Officials believe that a pump failure could have caused the boat to take on water. Booms have been deployed to contain the spilled fuel and officials believe most of the impacts have been mitigated.

The Department of Natural Resources, Coast Guard, Mount Pleasant Fire Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Hazmat, conservation agencies and fishermen all lent a hand to help right the boat.

At 5:30 p.m., the Hampton Caroline emerged from the water.

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