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Shrimping crew rescues two men from sinking boat two miles off shore

Georgetown area fishermen came to the aid of some men stranded in the ocean. (Source: WMBF News) Georgetown area fishermen came to the aid of some men stranded in the ocean. (Source: WMBF News)
Georgetown area fishermen came to the aid of some men stranded in the ocean. (Source: WMBF News) Georgetown area fishermen came to the aid of some men stranded in the ocean. (Source: WMBF News)

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - The Captain Andrew and its four crew members were out catching shrimp when they came across men clinging to a sinking boat surrounded by sharks.

"We saw people waving their arms, and we could barely hear them yelling. It was just instinct. We knew we had to get the gear up and get over there as soon as possible." said crew member Jake Wall.

The Captain Andrews was built in 1969 and has been a popular shrimping vessel in the Georgetown area ever since. While out on a three-day trip, the crew noticed a smaller ship sinking into the ocean, its two passengers fighting for their lives.

"The first guy was cramping up. As soon as we got him in, we pulled him in by the rope, he just laid face down. He was done. And then the second guy, he was pretty tired too. They were just in shock." said Wall.

He added the boat began sinking after a heavy ice cooler fell to the back of the boat, causing it to take on water. When the crew arrived to help, the waters were infested with sharks, something Wall said is not uncommon.

"No, not at all. They follow these shrimp boats as soon as they get in the ocean by the hundreds," he said.

The crew managed to get both men out of the water unharmed, and even managed to save their boat. Wall and the rest of the crew said they were not expecting this much publicity, and that helping other fisherman in need is just the law of the ocean.

"We just give it to the Lord, and we're just happy that we were able to save them and that we were there," Wall said. "When you're out on the water, everybody just looks out for everybody."

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