Members assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston are keeping an eye on a shrimp trawler that sunk in a popular Mount Pleasant cove, monitoring for potential pollution.
The Coast Guard was on the scene at Shem Creek Wednesday, a morning after it was notified that a commercial fishing vessel owned by Wando Seafood Company was sinking at its dock. The Coast Guard said it wants to ensure the Lady Eva is not discharging hazardous material into the water.
No injuries were reported in this incident. Authorities have not said what caused the boat to take on water Tuesday night.
The company told the Coast Guard that the vessel had little fuel aboard after operating for the past several days. Soft sorbent padding and sausage boom was placed around the vessel in an effort to capture any residual pollution.
The boat’s owner Rocky Magwood said he is working with SeaTow to conduct recovery operations on the vessel. But he told the Charleston Post & Courier that he was not sure he could afford to buy a new one, saying his business barely made a profit this year.
Magwood said an employee was living on board at the time, but was able to escape.
Shem Creek is a popular dock and restaurant location in Mount Pleasant. The public access boat landing is often used by kayakers, jet skiers, and small watercraft.