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Captain of sunken shrimp boat will sail on

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As if things weren't bad enough for the local shrimper, on top of the worst season in recent memory, his boat sank while docked at Shem Creek. Money raised over the weekend will help with the salvage process.

Lifetime shrimper Rocky Magwood says it will take more than a sinking boat. "It's been a very bad season, but whenever it's in your blood, you have got to keep trying. That's all we know. I have had people call me from Georgia and Florida to try and do whatever they can to help me."

Related: Shem Creek community rallies after shrimp boat sinks

The loss of the boat was expensive, but what could be just as costly are the fines issued by the Coast Guard once the boat is removed.  Magwood said, "There will be fines, could be up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that's the thing we have been talking about. I don't know how make that go when I have a family and I have children at home."

He also says the Coast Guard could have done more to help the night he called to report the sinking boat.

For now, the 78-ft. shrimp boat sits at the end of the dock on Shem Creek.

He says, defiantly, it does not signify the end of his way of life. "It's definitely not over. I will be back in some way, some shape or form, either on that boat or another boat.”


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