Two shrimp trawlers stuck in Jarvis Creek are causing some trouble
for businesses in the area. Both boats ran aground Thursday, and one of them is
leaking diesel fuel.
Many who live and work in the area, say that's not a usual
"Not in a creek like this. I have not seen anything
that's been this bad in the local area," said Capt. Chris Morris. "It's pretty
bad, it's as bad as it gets," said Capt. Chris Morris.
Both boats have been stuck in Jarvis Creek for five days,
and the diesel fuel from the Lady Essie has been leaking the whole time.
"It's really affecting all of the wildlife - the sea
life the crabs and birds and oysters, and the plant life as well. The plants
are a little yellow now," Morris said.
According to an employee at
Jarvis Creek Water Sport and the owner of the Crazy Crab - both businesses just
a few feet away from the boats - fuel isn't the only issue. They're also
worried about the access to their businesses.
Both boats are turned on their
side, and the shrimping boom on the Lady Essie is blocking the waterway, making
it difficult for other boats to get by.
"Right now it hasn't affected business at all, but we
are a little concerned," said Eric Spector, the co-owner of the Crazy Crab.
Shrimp boats are usually docked at the crazy crab, but they
might not be able to get through until the boats are moved.
According to The Beaufort county Sheriff's Office, the owner
of the boats said he would tow them away. There is no
word on when exactly that will
For now, crews have been out there trying to get the rest of
the fuel off the Lady Essie.
"It's a shame hopefully they get it cleaned up as
quickly as possible," said Morris.