The Carolinas - Missing charter boat out of Murrells Inlet

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neckbone
05-18-2006, 09:27 AM
Charter boat missing with seven aboard

By Kelly Marshall Fuller

The Sun News

The Coast Guard and other rescue groups from Georgetown County resumed a search Thursday for Super Suds II, a missing charter fishing boat out of Murrells Inlet.

The boat, with seven people on board, was due back at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Marlin Quay, said Lt. J.G. Miller with the Charleston Coast Guard.

Officials at Marlin Quay called the Coast Guard when the boat did not arrive on time.

Capt. Bob Clark, the owner of the fishing boat, is on the 27-foot catamaran, the Coast Guard said. The names of the other people on board are not known, Miller said.

Winyah Rescue Squad and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is assisting with the search.

The boat was supposed to go about 60 mile out, Miller said.

The last contact was Wednesday afternoon, when the boat was about 20 miles out.





Don't know anything else about it, but my prayers are with the 7 people on board. Let's hope they are found.


05-18-2006, 09:39 AM
Hows the weather been down there?

neckbone
05-18-2006, 10:21 AM
Yesterday was a chamber of commerce day two hours west in Columbia, SC.


I also live in an office from 8:30-5:30, so what the he!! do I know??? ;? ;?


steveyacht
05-18-2006, 10:34 AM
The weather was pretty snotty yesterday. We did a sea-trial on a 32 CC and it was rough, near shore, I can imagine how it may have been 60 miles out. Coast Guard called me this morning asking if a Glacier Bay has full floatation. Some speculation exisits that the boat may have been involved in a collision with a "larger vessel". Seven people on a 26-27 foot boat sounds like a bit much for a trip to the gulf stream..... but what do I know? My prayers are with them all.

weekender
05-18-2006, 01:14 PM
Six of seven missing boaters rescued
Vessel's captain confirmed dead; passengers were in town for bike rally
From staff and wire reports
The captain of the charter fishing boat missing out of Murrells Inlet since Wednesday evening was confirmed dead Thursday. The remaining six passengers have been taken to Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

2020is
05-18-2006, 01:50 PM
Very sad to hear about the Captain. SO very thankful for those surviving though. Be interesting to hear more on this story as to what happened. God bless the Captain's family.

jeffro22
05-18-2006, 02:22 PM
i went out to the Gulf stream yesterday in my 25' CC out of Murrells inlet. It got a little rough on the trip back home but the 8 Dolphin in the fish box made it better. I saw a lot of boats out yesterday at the Winyah Scarp. Anyone have a link to an article about this. This is the first I have heard of it

aj bruno
05-18-2006, 02:30 PM
What happened to the Captain?

sabre
05-18-2006, 02:47 PM
Most current info http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/breaking_news/14610409.htm

Super Suds II web site.

http://www.marlinquay.com/charter.cfm?boatId=3

This is all the more tragic, knowing that the captain has been fishing these waters for 50 yrs. My prayers will definitely be with his family and those onboard.

obx_77
05-19-2006, 09:23 AM
The Sun News had a story where they talked with the boat passengers. Appears that they were hit by a wave and the coolers with their fish broke loose:

During trip to shore, waves overturned boat
By Paul Nelson
The Sun News
In town for the Harley rally, Mark Spradlin, his nephew, brother-in-law and two friends set sail around 7 a.m. Wednesday in hopes of getting in some fishing aboard a boat they chartered for the day.

They had taken a similar trip last fall with boat captain Bob Clarke, said Spradlin, 38, of Sanford, N.C.

After a full day of fishing Wednesday, the group decided to call it quits and head back to shore aboard the Super Suds II, Spradlin said. That was sometime between 3:30 and 4 p.m., he said.

Making the trip with him was his nephew Dwayne Wills, 38, brother-in-law Mike Robinson, friends Bryan Yocum and Jennings Hughart, all from West Virginia as well as Clarke and first mate Gerald Smith.

Spradlin said coolers filled with their catch of dolphin and wahoo sat on either side of the catamaran.

Roughly 15 miles from shore, a wave lashed the vessel, breaking the strap that secured the container to the boat, Spradlin said.

A second wave hurtled the cooler and two men sitting on it along with three other passengers to the other side of the vessel.

The shifting of the weight flipped the boat over and dumped everyone into the water, Spradlin said. The men struggled to pull themselves onto the hull of the overturned catamaran.

Spradlin said they tied a rope to the motor, looped belts around the rope and held on for dear life.

"The bottom of the boat is real slick and every time the wave hits it, it knocks you off your feet," he said. That is how Robinson was tossed off the boat.

Coast Guard officials said Clarke stayed with Robinson to help him stay afloat. The others tried desperately to toss them a flotation device but soon lost sight of them, Spradlin said. "We never saw them again," he added.

Tired, hungry and thirsty, the passengers made it through the night by encouraging each other, Spradlin said.

"We kept on telling one another, 'we're gonna get through this, just be patient,'" Spradlin said. "If somebody got cold, what coats we had, we swapped them to keep everybody's body temperature up." And even though their patience wore thin, their thoughts remained positive.

"We just thought, let's get through tonight and in the morning, there will be planes and boats," Spradlin said.

But darkness prevented search crews from spotting them, further compounding their frustration.

"We seen them shooting up flares," he said. At one point, they even counted to three and screamed for help but the sounds of the ocean and the boats drowned them out, Spradlin said.

Finally, late Thursday morning, rescue personnel answered their prayers and help arrived.

"We were already planning on what we would have to do to survive the next night if nobody seen us," Spradlin said.

His girlfriend, Beth James, stood next to Spradlin outside Georgetown Memorial Hospital after the rescue.

"The good Lord was looking out for them," she said. "It was just a fluke thing that happened."


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good stuff
05-19-2006, 11:12 AM
How big would those coolers have to be to flip a boat ;?
That seems odd.

Nader
05-19-2006, 02:52 PM
Sounds like the captain died trying to keep one of his customers afloat

jeffro22
05-19-2006, 02:58 PM
good stuff - 5/19/2006 11:12 AM

How big would those coolers have to be to flip a boat ;?
That seems odd.

It sounds like.......The cooler was being used as a seat and when it broke loose the weight of the passengers and the coolers full of fish all shifted to one side causing the boat to capsize

Nader
05-19-2006, 04:29 PM
Maybe the cooler or the people sitting on them also hit the driver and altered the steering wheel.

hwilcox
05-19-2006, 04:56 PM
A couple of coolers full of fish and SEVEN people all thrown to one side of a 25' Cat. at the wrong time could flip it...obviously.

Rare Breed
05-19-2006, 11:33 PM
God Bless the captain, sounds like he died with honor trying to save one of the passengers. Maybe time to take another look at these cat boats, this is the second sinking with casulties in the region this spring. Seems that there is a fine line between being overloaded or not. One thing for sure once they go up on the beam ends there is no righting arm.

ali'i kai
05-20-2006, 06:46 AM
Very sad event which could have been even worse.

Load stability is a issue with all boats, but with a twin hull things are a bit different. While they can provide a comfortable ride, in certain seas (following,quater,beam) these usually shallow draft hulls can be tricky.

colliwh
05-20-2006, 09:46 AM
A real tragedy........and that Captain was a real hero. I guess this also points out why the Coasties don't think too much of cat hulls.

Greg Manning
05-20-2006, 03:57 PM
colliwh - 5/20/2006 9:46 AM

A real tragedy........and that Captain was a real hero. I guess this also points out why the Coasties don't think too much of cat hulls.

The US Navy runs Glacier Bays......The "coasties" don't like them???.......guess it depends on who you believe and your sources. I think the main point here is even a well respected and sea worthy hull with a very experienced captain is vulnerable to mother nature. A good lesson for all of us cat or not....The Sea Deserves Respect!!!!! Regardless, I don't see the Navy using anything less than a very seaworthy boat. Fact is when its real rough I don't want to be in my WC, your Triton or a GB....I want to be in an easy chair on the front porch.

fish factory
05-20-2006, 06:27 PM
colliwh - 5/20/2006 8:46 AM A real tragedy........and that Captain was a real hero. I guess this also points out why the Coasties don't think too much of cat hulls.



That's the second cat that's rolled over this spring off the Carolina's coast. Total 4 dead.

Sad.

Greg Manning
05-20-2006, 07:17 PM
The first was an 18' inshore cat during a small craft advisory with 4 inexperienced guys......and I remember the weekend because I chose not to go out. Not exactly a definitive example. The 27' GB going down gets my attention a lot more. I agree the point is that people are dying and that is sad no matter what the type of craft.

Wolakrab
05-20-2006, 07:39 PM
This is a sad story. But what's even more sad is some folks trying to turn this into a mono vs. cat thing. Accidents happen, and a particular boat's design does not always cause the mishap. Fate shows no preference for either cats or monos......

Greg Manning
05-20-2006, 07:54 PM
Wolakrab - 5/20/2006 7:39 PM

This is a sad story. But what's even more sad is some folks trying to turn this into a mono vs. cat thing. Accidents happen, and a particular boat's design does not always cause the mishap. Fate shows no preference for either cats or monos......

I agree fully...and the cat/mono stuff is why I rarely respond to any post with a hint of that flavor......I think the stereotypical generalization in light of a man's death made me respond. I'm going back to my normal place on the sidelines of the tiring cat/mono topics......it fits my personalty much better!

nccoaster
05-21-2006, 08:29 AM
So far, during this year's motorcycle rally, only 6 people killed in bike accidents. That is a relatively good number. Goes to prove that as long as people are living, bad things happen. Sympathies to the families.

Rare Breed
05-22-2006, 06:03 AM
Really didn't mean to start any kind of hull design debate just wanted to state the facts that of the 5 deaths off of the
Carolina's coast this spring there were similarities in the occurance & both were cat boats. These are facts that need to be looked at carefully. Anytime people die in similar circumstances this warrants taking a close look at the common denominators. I know that sea state was an issue on the 18' out of Ocean Isle, but the Murrells' Inlet boat, the weather wasn,t that extreme. I am full time delivery captain for several major yacht builders and was offshore in transit from Florida when I received the "pan pan" from C.G. on both occasions. Staying at the dock is not always an alternative for people who make there living on the water. By the way, how many times have you started out a bluebird day off the Carolina's only to end up with strong southerlies and following quarterlies on the way home with a boatload of fish and a tired crew. This is typical conditions for our region. If you want to fish here you need to expect this as well as having a vessel to handle it. Hopefully ego's wont stand in the way of a closer look at this issue as the facts are the facts. By the way as a 6th generation N.C. waterman I have never seen a Glacier Bay cross the bar in a full gail on a S.A.R. mission.

pioneer197
05-22-2006, 12:07 PM
Was an EPIRB onboard?

hhi angler
05-22-2006, 01:10 PM
it appears rare breed has spelled out the issue that it may be possible that the multi hull shallow draft may have unknown handling problems. i had a tri hull sailboat that was fine in the carrabean with fair winds but when a blow came up i headed to snug harbor. bluebird days usualy have a way of turning in to what the hell happend with the weather. sad event no less but two events in a short time usually spell look out for trouble i witness this many time with army aircraft.

scoffshore
05-22-2006, 06:21 PM
Yes, Super Suds had an EPIRB, but not an autodeploy model. EVen though, the autodeploy model would probably not have gone off. Most models require around 15' of water pressure to release the hydrostatic release. Bobby will be missed.

fish factory
05-22-2006, 07:18 PM
Rare Breed - 5/22/2006 5:03 AM .By the way, how many times have you started out a bluebird day off the Carolina's only to end up with strong southerlies and following quarterlies on the way home with a boatload of fish and a tired crew. This is typical conditions for our region. If you want to fish here you need to expect this as well as having a vessel to handle it. Hopefully ego's wont stand in the way of a closer look at this issue as the facts are the facts. By the way as a 6th generation N.C. waterman I have never seen a Glacier Bay cross the bar in a full gail on a S.A.R. mission.



Good points. With so many boats designed for the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" built in North Carolina, why experiment (and tempt Mother Nature) with others?

pioneer197
05-23-2006, 01:12 PM
Capt. Bob Clark was a hero. His family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Maybe after a while we should start another EPIRB thread and talk about where they should be located in an unsinkable boat.

AUTUMN JOHNS
05-23-2006, 01:38 PM
CAPT. BOB IS MY GRANDFATHER AND REGUARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BOAT WHAT KIND OF HULL HE IS GONE AND ALL I KNOW IS THAT THE COAST GUARD COULD HAVE DONE MORE. MY FATHER IS THE ONE THAT FOUND THE FIRST SURVIVOR AND THEN HAD TO TELL THE COAST GUARD WHERE TO LOOK FOR THE REST . BUT ENOUHG OF THE COULD OF SHOULD OF WOULD OF STUFF CAPT BOB JUST NEEDS TO BE REMEMBERED FOR THE MAN HE WAS UP UNTIL HE DIED WHICH WAS TAKING CARE OF EVERYONE BUT HIMSELF THAT SHOULD SAY IT ALL

HOTSPOT
05-23-2006, 01:42 PM
Sorry for your loss, he sounds like a great man.

You should be proud of his actions and keep him in your heart.

Rare Breed
05-24-2006, 04:10 AM
Very sorry for your loss. He will be remebered as hero.

hhi angler
05-24-2006, 01:47 PM
sorry about your grandfather. i think everyone who goes out in the ocean should remember this tragic accident. boaters should use all of there skills and knowledge. everyione should remember the uscg is and has been involved with enforcing laws concering illegal drugs, pollution and home land security. i have had several occasions to see this in action in south fl and the carribean. in the first incident the uscg told the capt of a sinking boat to get the coolers empty to use as flotation and they would send a salvage boat and instructed the salvager to report any pollution. the second time i was boarded near georgetown bahama for a drug search negative results.

mronzo
05-24-2006, 08:26 PM
I wonder how much of a factor speed was when this happened?
7 guys on a 27' boat seems like alot too!
I would think it would take alot for a 27 WC to capsize! ;?

The sea is indeed unforgiving.

AUTUMN JOHNS
05-25-2006, 01:23 PM
SPEED WAS NOT A FACTOR IT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED. A ROAD WAVE HIT AND THERE WAS NO CORRECTING IT THE MEN COULD NOT HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENT EXCEPT STAY HOME THAT DAY

schoolsout
05-26-2006, 01:16 PM
with all due respect, how can you say that speed was not a factor or anything about the situation for that matter. I am sorry for your loss, but you and I don't know what happened.

I have a theory that most of the crew were on one side of the boat trying to stay dry, coming in on quatering following seas, and hit a wave wrong. The sponsons dug in and the boat took a sharp turn, breaking the cooler free and tossing whoever wasn't on one side to that side. At that point, another wave came and hit the boat at the wrong time and bam, the boat flips.

And I am not trying to be a prick, but 7 people, gear, ice and whatever else on any boat that size is not a good thing when venturing out 60 miles in an ocean.

Again sorry for your loss, but to say that nothing they could have done but stay home is wrong.



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