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Friend: Patrick Eudy was "full of life"

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Eudy and friends aboard "The Big Booty" (Provided) Eudy and friends aboard "The Big Booty" (Provided)
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As investigators continue to figure out what caused a Rockwell International 690B plane to crash Thursday afternoon near McClellanville, friends are mourning the loss of Patrick Eudy.

Pat, as his friends call him, was an avid sailor and pilot who spent every Wednesday night during the summer sailing with his friends in the Charleston Harbor.

Whether it was interstate pub crawls or trips to Key West, Eudy was not only known for his big personality but the big success he had running a telecommunications business.

"He was always a fun guy," Tom Loutrel said. "Always looking to have a fun time. He was like a big kid, and on the same token being big in the business community as well he has definitely given me some good advice."

Eudy's biggest passion in life was spending time aboard his boat named, "The Big Booty." Loutrel remembers always seeing the boat filled with Eudy's closest friends.

"He loved being on the water as well as the camaraderie that went along with sailing," Loutrel said. "We had a big crew, and we had kind of a tight knit group of really good guys."

In addition to spending time sailing in the Charleston harbor, Eudy also enjoyed flying his friends around in his plane. Eudy was flying the plane Thursday night as preparation for one of his next big adventures.

"The craziest thing about what happened to him is that he was going to do some crazy, flying school to get some certification in the mountains somewhere," Loutrel said.

As news of the accident spread around Eudy's tight group of friends, so too did shock.

"I couldn't believe it," Loutrell said. "He was always very safe when it came to flying. Whenever he flew the plane, I've never been scared at any point."

For Loutrel, the last words they spoke were in a place where so many of their memories happened: Eudy's boat.

"The last time I spoke with him I think I said 'thanks so much for having me on your boat.' I wish I would have said a lot more."

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. Officials say they received no distress call before the plane went down.

 

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