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Shem Creek community rallies after shrimp boat sinks

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Magwood's boat submerged under water. Magwood's boat submerged under water.
MT. PLEASANT, SC - Early Wednesday morning, Rocky Magwood saw his business and his life begin taking on water in Shem Creek.

His shrimp boat, Lady Eva, began sinking for an unknown reason during the early morning hours. For some, a boat may be recreational, but for Magwood and other shrimpers, the boat is their livelihood.

Related: Shrimp boat sinks in Shem Creek overnight

Magwood is a 4th generation shrimper, whose family's bloodstream is filled with the salt water of Charleston's harbor.

"I owned a shrimp boat since I was 13-years-old," Magwood said. "You try to hang in there as much as you can. It's just a very bad season, and this year just makes it even worse to overcome."

To help Magwood rebuild and move on, hundreds gathered in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant Sunday to raise money for a new boat.

"We stick together," John Thornhill said. "We help one another. It's a bond."


Thornhill said he and Magwood's families have done business together for years: Thornhill the caterer; Magwood the supplier.

"They are from working people like me who work out of their back pocket," Thornhill said.

It's a bond that extends to all families in Mt. Pleasant, Thornhill said, especially older ones.

"That's what Mt. Pleasant and the Lowcountry are all about," Thornhill said. "We always go to help a family in need."

That's also what makes Sunday's event remarkable for Rocky. It's his old friends, his current clients and even new strangers uniting to bring his business and his life back above water.

"That's why I love living in Charleston and in Mt. Pleasant," Magwood said. "Everybody sticks together."


There is a Rocky Magwood/Lady Eva fund set up at the Capital Bank on Johnnie Dodds. Organizers said they want to raise $30,000 to replace his boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to investigate what caused the boat to sink. Magwood said he is hoping to be able to salvage the motors of the boat.


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