Two shrimp trawlers still stuck in Jarvis Creek

Published: Aug. 20, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT
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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - 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 sight.

"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 be.

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.

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